For me, regardless of the meat used in a homemade burger, there needs to be more than just spices involved. I NEED vegetables to be included in my burgers. This is for many reasons, but the most important is simply the great added taste you are getting with your burger. When you buy fresh ground turkey, beef, chicken or pork, the taste is already far beyond the taste experienced with the frozen variety. Then add some onions, peppers, spinach and whatever other healthy items you want and you will create something with a taste that is far superior than anything else you have ever eaten. A recipe like the Turkey Burger I am including here is something that is common when I make a burger of any kind, so I hope you like it.
Turkey Vegetable Burgers
Servings: 4 burgers
1 lb. Ground Turkey
2 Tbsp. Onion, diced
1/4 cup Bell Pepper, diced
2 Tbsp. Spinach, diced
In a large bowl, add turkey, onion, peppers and spinach and mix well. The amount of each vegetable added to the recipe can be changed according to what you like and would rather taste more. I prefer having an equal mix of all the vegetables in mine.
Next, add spices to the bowl. This is where your taste buds come into play the most. I use a lot of spices, but a good starting point would be about a tablespoon of parsley, basil and thyme. Add a pinch of salt and pepper (or to your liking) and mix well one last time.
Grab a handful of your mixture and roll into hand. Obviously the more meat you use, the bigger the burgers, but for this recipe, split mixture four ways and you will still get four nicely-sized burgers. Roll out burger in hand and place into a lightly oiled frying pan on medium heat. I drop a pinch of paprika on top of burgers when they first start to cook. After four minutes, flip and apply same amount of paprika to this side. After four minutes, flip again and put lid on pan. You are going to want to cook these until they have an internal temperature of 160 degrees. This number comes from the USDA.