Burgers are one of my favorite foods. They’re a better sandwich, and there are many different forms they can take. I made Asian Dijon Turkey Burgers this time around. They are quick to make and are perfect for weeknight dinners.
Personally, I am not a huge cilantro fan. I tend to pick up on it’s “soapy” taste. Don’t know what I am talking about? Read this.
The cilantro in these turkey burgers just works. It steals the show.
The other star ingredient here is the dijon mustard. This is my favorite kind of mustard; it has a nice kick to it. It also helps give the burgers a great flavor and keep the turkey moist. Nothing is worse than dry turkey.
I found that 1/3 lb burgers seem to work the best, so one pound of turkey will get you three burgers. When forming the patties, make sure to flatten them thoroughly and to put a dimple in the middle of the patty. Burgers tend to fatten and puff up in the middle while cooking. I am not really sure why, but the dimple helps give your finished patty a uniform shape and ensure it cooks evenly.
After your patties are formed, make sure to heat your pan with oil or butter before cooking them. When you add the burger you should hear a nice sizzle.
A picture of raw meat. Beautiful.
Let’s get economical with these Asian Dijon turkey Burgers:
- 1 lb ground turkey – $5.99
- 1 green onion – $0.10
- Handful of cilantro – $0.15
- 1 tbsp soy sauce – $0.15
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard – $0.09
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger – $0.18
- 1 medium clove garlic – $0.10
- 1 tsp red pepper flake – $0.06
- Salt and Pepper – $0.02
The total for the burgers is $6.84. Now to add in the cost for the additional burger fixings:
- A couple large lettuce leaves – $0.50
- 1 Tomato – $0.75
- 3 Pretzel Buns – $1.50
The grand total is $9.59
This breaks down to the low cost of $3.20/burger. A gourmet turkey burger for the price of a McDonald’s quarter pounder.
I also want to take a second to write about utilizing these ingredients. There is a good chance that you will have leftover ingredients after making the burger (soy sauce, cilantro, garlic, etc.). One way to prevent these ingredients from going to waste is to use them in a stir fry. If you need inspiration, check out this recipe from Steamy Kitchen.