Burger Fail. Turkey Success.

by Jenn (eating bender) on May 20, 2011

During the month of May, Bobby and I have been attempting to make more of an effort to branch out and try new recipes. Although our schedules have been insane, we have had a few opportunities to make our goal a reality. One such occasion was last week, when we tried our hand at turkey burgers.

That’s not a burger, you say? Well…that’s true. The burger part of our endeavor was a bit of a flop, but now we can at least say we tried and be more prepared next time around!

Below is the recipe we followed, along with our thoughts on what went wrong.

Not-So-Burger-y Turkey Burgers


  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • 1.5 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Grease a large saute pan. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. Form turkey mixture into patties and place each into the pan, leaving a little distance in between.

Clearly, we made some incredibly large burgers (three in total). We think this is where the problem started. As the burgers began to heat up, the bottoms started to burn, but since they were barely cooked through, it was nearly impossible to flip them in one piece.

You can already see we were headed for trouble. Eventually, we had to concede defeat.

Ground turkey it is! We meant to do that all along… 😉 We brought out the Arnold Sandwich Thins and created “burger-like” portions for each of us.

We kept the spirit alive by adding the usual toppings: cheese (Swiss), lettuce (spinach), tomato, ketchup and mustard. Do you like the nice swirl design going on with the condiments?

Most importantly, the taste was still there. Although it was impossible to eat this as you would a real burger — we quickly pulled out the forks — the recipe itself was great. If we make them into smaller patties next time, I’m sure we’ll be all set!

Live and learn. :)

Have you made a recipe recently that didn’t turn out perfectly, but was still delicious?

I’d love to know about some of your most recent creations.

Be sure to go and wish the Fit Bottomed Girls a very happy three-year blog anniversary! It has been a week of well deserved celebrations on their site. I still remember when they first started.

Happy weekend!!!!!!


1 glidingcalm May 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

lol you are so cutee

2 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Haha – glad you appreciate my inner nerd. :)

3 Megan (Braise The Roof) May 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Ah well, at least it tasted good! I find that making the patties flatter helps a lot (you’ve already figured that out, though!) and also you can try adding about 1/4 cup breadcrumbs next time and see if that helps! :)

4 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I think the bread crumbs are going to be key! Thank you!

5 FBG Erin May 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Thanks, Jenn!

And that looks tasty even in non-patty form. Sorta sloppy-Joe style. :)

6 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Good point, Erin! As long as it still looks edible, I think I’ll call it a success. 😉

7 Erica May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Sloppy turkey burgers are way more fun than regular burgers anyways:) i once made cookies that turned into granola!

8 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Ooh – cookies turning into granola is definitely a great solution! :)

9 BroccoliHut May 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I have recipe flubs all the time! Most of the time I eat them anyway:)

10 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Me too — it all ends up in the same place, right? TMI? 😉

11 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

My recent try at muffins was delicious, except they stuck to the paper cups majorly! Oh well. I’ll just be picking at them in the middles :)

12 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I’ve totally been there! Picking out the good stuff is always the best solution — or turning them into impromptu muffin tops!

13 CaSaundra May 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

I definitely think the key to turkey burgers is making them thin. Turkey is definitely not as hardy as beef–I also like cooking mine in the George Foreman..it holds em together well!

14 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

This is great advice, CaSaundra! Thank you!

15 Melissa @ TryingToHeal May 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

i made some black bean burgers a few months back that were good but fell apart after a few flips…i ended up having to bake them and they didn’t fall apart!

16 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Ooh — baking is a great solution! I can handle putting them in an oven if they’ll handle the cooking and not falling apart. 😉

17 Courtney May 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what it looks like going in, only what it tastes like once it is there!

18 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I’m thinking this is a frame-able quote. So true!! :)

19 Michelle May 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I love Arnold’s sandwich thins! I always keep some in my freezer for sandwiches and veggie burgers!

20 Jenn (eating bender) May 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Agreed! They have so many great uses. :)

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