Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers

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This burger gets a Middle Eastern twist from the addition of garlic, cumin, coriander, and fresh mint and parsely folded into the ground turkey.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lb. ground turkey, preferably including some dark meat (93% lean)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Directions

Gently break the meat into large pieces in a large bowl. Mince the garlic, sprinkle with 1-1/2 tsp. salt, and using the flat side of a chef's knife, smear and mash to a paste. Gently mix the garlic paste, mint, parsley, olive oil, paprika, cumin, coriander, and cayenne into the turkey. Shape the meat into 4 equal 1-inch-thick patties. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Prepare a medium charcoal or gas grill fire. Grill the burgers, covered with vents open, until nicely marked and just cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted in a burger should read 165°F), 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Serve with the Cucumber & Yogurt Sauce.