Fourth of July is tomorrow, and if you’re lucky then you are barbecuing or attending someone else’s barbecue. Because, I mean who doesn’t barbecue on Fourth of July?! Growing up, we’d head to Long Beach (Indiana), yes there’s a Long Beach, Indiana for those of you that didn’t know. And when I was young I listened to Sublime and I thought at first that they were from Long Beach, Indiana – because I literally did not know there was a Long Beach, California!
Okay, enough of laughing at my lack of geography knowledge back then (but I bet a lot of you didn’t know about Long Beach, Indiana until right now). But, Long Beach, Indiana is a super cute little beach town on Lake Michigan. Two of my aunts lived there, one on my mom’s side and one on my dad’s, so we went there often. But, my Aunt Marina (on my dad’s side) had a way cooler house than my Aunt Pat. Her house was literally on the beach, and Aunt Pat’s was a short block or so walk. But, I loved going to Aunt Marina’s house because as kids we were allowed to go to the beach alone since it was right out her back door just over the sand dune.
And when you’re a kid there is nothing better than having independence! My dad is Greek, so his side of the family is huge. And everyone went to Aunt Marina’s for Fourth of July – everyone! And so it was literally a free for all, for everyone. It was a rager for the adults, everyone getting wasted. And us kids could eat whatever we wanted, swim whenever we wanted, and then we got to set off fireworks (with our older cousins, of course).
I remember the grill was just going all day, everything from burgers, hot dogs, chicken and more. Aunt Marina set up a huge table with Fourth of July decor in the backyard, and it was filled with salads, fruit, breads, cakes, cookies, and a few special Greek dishes. Some of my favorite Forth of Julys were definitely spent there.
So, while it’s just Delaney, Otto, and me this year, we will definitely be grilling! And I made these Grilled Turkey Burgers the other day and they are so good I thought I’d share. We don’t usually make turkey burgers, as we both enjoy beef. But, with Otto being sick we literally buy everything at the store to see if he wants to eat it that day. And ground turkey was bought, and we made it for Otto, and he refused to eat it. So, we decided to make these delicious Turkey Burgers so we weren’t wasting food. With ground turkey, burgers can be bland as ground turkey doesn’t have as much flavor as ground beef. But, using a bouillon cube is an easy and fast fix for this as they have great spices already in there and it makes it super easy to pack flavor into a turkey burger. So, that’s my tip for easy turkey burgers!
So, I thought I’d share this easy and oh so delicious Grilled Turkey Burger recipe with you guys incase you want to add it to your Fourth of July menu tomorrow. Get the recipe below.
Grilled Turkey Burgers
4 Brioche Buns
1 pound organic ground turkey
1 organic vegetable bouillon cube
salt and pepper
6 to 8 mini organic bell peppers
4 slices organic mozzarella cheese
4 slices organic red onion
4 large organic Romain lettuce leaves
Make sure to have the Brioche Buns made ahead of time. You can make these the day before, just make sure to store them in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.
To make the burgers: Preheat the grill.
In a large bowl, add the ground turkey and vegetable bouillon cube and mix to combine completely. Weigh each burger out to 1/4 pound (4 ounces each). Flatten them with your hands so they are about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.
Salt and pepper each side generously.
Place the burgers on the grill and cook until internal temperature of 165°F. Depending on what kind of grill you have, it may take longer, propane, gas, open grill – there is a lot of variable here so make sure you don’t leave burgers unattended.
Add the mini bell peppers to the grill, and cook until slightly charred. Remove from grill and slice.
When the burgers are almost done, add the chopped grilled peppers and mozzarella cheese on top of each burger.
Continue to cook until the cheese is melty.
Warm the buns on the grill.
To assemble: Add turkey burgers to the bun, top with red onion, and lettuce.
High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.
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