BBQ Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions

  in Main Dishes, Recipes

Sometimes turkey burgers have a tendency to be a bit bland…not this one! 

1 large onion, halved and sliced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 lb ground turkey
5 tablespoons BBQ sauce, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

  1. Heat oil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to medium low.  Add sliced onion and cook 15 minutes, stirring often until tender and beginning to brown.  Stir in 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.  Set aside.
  2. Combine ground turkey, 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Form into 3 patties.
  3. Grill over medium heat, about 5 – 6 minutes on each side, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached.  Or to cook on the stovetop: heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of canola oil. Cook the burgers until browned, about 5 minutes. Carefully turn and cook until browned and cooked through. Serve, topped with the caramelized BBQ onions.  

Note:  Some ground turkey can be rather loose, making it difficult to form into patties and put on the grill without them falling through the grate.  To overcome this, form the patties as best you can and sear them in a medium-hot pan on the stove – about 45 seconds per side.  Then transfer them to the grill to finish cooking.