You may not have thought of doing it before, but combining ground beef and turkey into one burger patty creates a nice texture and flavor combination; the turkey keeps the burger juicy, adds a bit of healthy meat, and reduces the amount the cooked burger will shrink on the grill. This alone takes the typical burger up a notch, but then adding fresh basil to the mix brings an unexpectedly delicious freshness to the cookout dish. The sweet onion, Parmesan cheese, and garlic add a nice depth of flavor while dressing with the roasted red peppers brings a bit of color to the finished sandwich.
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
- 1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 jar roasted red peppers
- 8 hamburger buns (toasted)
Gather the ingredients.
Combine egg, onion, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, pepper, salt, and ketchup (if using) in a large mixing bowl.
Add ground turkey and ground beef to the bowl, mixing well. Shape into eight 3/4-inch thick patties.
Preheat grill to high heat. Place burgers on the grill and reduce heat to medium.
Cook burgers for 10 to 14 minutes turning once halfway through.
Remove burgers from grill and serve topped with sliced roasted red peppers on toasted hamburger buns. Serve with condiments on the side.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- Allow the mixture sit in the refrigerator so the flavors to meld together.
- When combining the burger ingredients, make sure not to overmix; if the raw meat is handled too much you will end up with a dense and heavy burger.
- Also, wet your hands before forming the patties, so the meat doesn't stick to them. If you are making the patties ahead of time, place them in layers separated by wax paper on a baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, or in a zip-top bag.
- To avoid the burger from becoming too rounded on top, use your thumb to create an indentation in the top of the patty before placing on the grill. Some chefs even recommend freezing the patties before grilling to help them keep their shape and increase the moisture.
- Instead of the quintessential condiments—ketchup, mustard, mayo—serve these burgers with a "special sauce." Whip up a garlic aioli, use store-bought chipotle mayonnaise, combine pesto with mayo (a great complement to the basil inside the burger), or even use a tomato chutney.
- You can easily make these burgers even healthier by swapping out regular hamburger buns for whole wheat or multigrain—or make them open-top and serve only on the bottom bun. Add plenty of vegetables as toppings including fresh spinach leaves, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and pickles.