If you're making the switch to healthier eating options, you may think you need to give up foods like burgers since they traditionally contain large amounts of fat and cholesterol. By switching to organic turkey burgers, however, you can have a delicious burger that is healthier than a standard burger in nearly every way.
Purchasing Organic Turkey Burgers
Many mainstream grocery and wholesale stores now carry certified organic meats and other foods in both their refrigerated and frozen sections. Other suppliers ship their meat raw and frozen or precooked directly to you.
Applegate Farms' burgers contain only organic turkey and organic rosemary extract. They are hand trimmed and are certified gluten, casein, carbohydrate and dairy free. They are also low in sodium, fat and calories with one burger weighing in at 7 grams of fat and 140 calories. Look for them in the frozen foods section.
Heidi's Hens from Diestel farms offers certified organic turkey burgers made from dark meat. The burgers are made with 5 percent fat - much lower than the traditional 10 to 12 percent fat used in beef hamburgers. Look for them in the prepared foods and deli department of your grocer.
Sommer's Organic sells turkey burgers shipped frozen directly to you. The burgers are low in sodium with no additives or fillers.
Sam's Club 100% Organic Turkey Burgers
If you purchase your foods in bulk, consider stopping by Sam's Club for their turkey burgers. Look for the USDA certified organic label. The burgers are sold frozen in packages of 32 patties.
Cooking Turkey Burgers
Turkey burgers cook up similarly to beef burgers, with one difference: the turkey burger must be cooked thoroughly right through. Eaten rare or undercooked, turkey could lead to food borne illnesses. Try one of the following techniques for producing a juicy, fully cooked burger. Top them with any condiments you would typically use on a burger. Thaw any frozen burgers in the refrigerator the day before cooking for best results.
- Pour a small amount of olive oil into a skillet and cook the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes per side until cooked through.
- Place the burgers directly beneath the broiler on high heat for 10 minutes per side.
- Grill the turkey burgers on high heat for 6 to 7 minutes on the first side and 5 to 6 minutes on the second. Let them sit for 5 minutes before eating.
Make Your Own Turkey Burger
If you are unable to find organic burgers in your area, but you do have access to organic ground turkey meat, consider making your own burgers at home.
- 1 pound ground, organic turkey meat with 10 percent fat
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup diced, white onion
- 1 egg white, beaten until it just begins to foam
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil for coating pan
- Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined.
- Form into patties.
- Heat a small amount of olive oil on the stove. Cook patties in olive oil 4 to 5 minutes per side until done.
- Serve on toasted buns with desired condiments.
Taste and Nutrition
The taste and nutrition of the burgers will vary depending on the source. Companies that use nothing but organic turkey meat will produce burgers that taste very different than those that rely on seasonings. The fat content of the turkey will also affect the flavor, as well as the texture of the meat; the higher the fat content the more flavor the meat will have, but the higher the calories will likely be as well.
Ground turkey that is 10 percent in fat or lower is a healthier alternative to ground beef, which can contain as much as 20 percent fat. Give several varieties of burgers a try to find one that fits your nutritional and taste-based needs.
Take Time with the Switch
Turkey burgers can be a delicious alternative to beef burgers, but keep in mind that they will not taste exactly the same as beef. If you are making the switch for health reasons, give yourself time to get used to the new taste and enjoy everything that organic turkey has to offer.