Eric and I have become quite the fans of turkey burgers. I’ve heard people say that they won’t eat turkey burgers because they’re too dry or don’t have enough flavor. That is definitely not the case with this burger. The aioli is mixed into the turkey to provide moisture and flavor. Topped with more aioli, peppery arugula and grilled red onions, this burger is sure to please. We served this with our favorite Cornmeal Fried Onion Rings.
If you’re in a hurry for dinner and want to get a head start, the aioli can be made one day ahead and refrigerated. Additionally, the patties can be formed and refrigerated up to four hours.
Turkey Burgers with Smoky Aioli
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup mayonaise
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound white meat ground turkey (or a mixture of white and dark)
1 small red onion, sliced into 4 1/3-inch slices
4 whole wheat hamburger buns
-Whisk mayonaise, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and spices together in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
-Place turkey in a medium bowl and gently mix in 2 tablespoons aioli.
-Form into 4 equal patties and use your thumb to form a small indention into the center of each.
-Preheat a grill pan to medium-high heat.
-Brush onions with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for four minutes per side.
-Brush burger with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for five minutes per side.
-Place burger on bun and top with aioli, grilled red onion and arugula.
Adapted from: Bon Apétit, August 2009