When I hear the word "burger", I think big juicy red meat with melty cheese and golden, buttery fried onions.
Very rarely do I associate turkey with burgers. Because so often turkey is boring, tasteless, and dry.
But - when Tracey at Tracey's Culinary Adventures says that she likes turkey burgers, I totally trust her.
First, start out by making the sauce/ketchup/topping. It's specifically for this burger. Is it necessary you ask? Yep. It adds something a little extra special.
In a mini food processor, combine the ketchup, cumin, and chipotle peppers. (there's supposed to be a poblano in here, but I couldn't get any)
Process until smooth and well combined.
You should know that I didn't follow Tracey's instructions to make this - I did it differently because I was being lazy and wanted the ketchup to be super-smooth.
I've included both sets of instructions in the recipe below.
Most burgers have both eggs and bread crumbs to bind everything together. These burgers do not. These burgers have wheat germ.
What's wheat germ? It's actually a small part of the wheat kernel, also wheat germ is a superfood and is packed with vitamins and minerals - so it can only be good to be getting a little bit of this in your diet.
In a large bowl, add the turkey and onion.
Then add the wheat germ.
Then the chile powder and cumin.
Combine and start cooking over medium-high heat.
Just before the burgers are finished, top them with slices of cheddar.
And serve on a healthy type bun with the chipotle ketchup sauce.
I have to say - these burgers were awesome. Tender and flavourful, the ketchup adding a smokiness that was completely wonderful.
Yeah. I'd make these again.
They are a perfectly acceptable substitute for a typical cheeseburger.
xoxo - the Cane girl