Turkey, a great lean alternative to beef, and sweet succulent swine add up for a great time!
I usually use the charcoal and wood side of my charbroiled, but some fast high heat was in order for these burgers. Hot summer days, cold brewskis, bird and dogs, couldn't get better.
This was a little Fourth of July weekend celebration with a few friends, enjoying our freedom to eat the hell out of dead animals. These dadogs were made at Waypoint in Williamsburg, Va by Chef Jonathon Brown, and were sold for day off cook out baskets. Luckily I work there so I got to take home the stash.
May I say, they were mighty meaty and delicious.
The gobblurgers were made with organic ground turkey, diced, thick cut Smithfield bacon, yellow onion, poblano peppers, garlic, thyme, and woozy. After mixing i let them sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to marinade, set, and dry a bit. Salt and pepper and ready for turning and burning. Well not really burning, that would be les terrible'.
Now i feel there's a school of thought that hates the idea of turkey burgers, as being impure and a burger should be beef, although the bacon I'm sure is welcome. I hear you, there is definitely something magical about a flame grilled all beef burger, but hey red meat isn't always the healthiest option as far as saturated fats.
Turkeys have actually been quite respected and loved birds in human history. The Aztecs called them huexoloti, a wild bird they domesticated, and being so central to their diet was revered almost as a deity. The Spanish that arrived were later instructed to send 10 birds back on every ship returning from the New World and and bird was introduced to Europe. The North American Native Americans regarded them as spiritual symbols and guides to the underworld in some cases. By the time our American forefathers arrived to colonize, they already knew what to do with this large delectable bird. The influx of turkey and production of it was so great in Europe in the 1500s that some countries were actually outlawing turkey as a source of meat. The French laughed at Ben Franklin's ambassador seal because the bald eagle looked more like a turkey, which he refute by saying "In truth the turkey by comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true native of America. He is, (though a little vain and silly, it is true, but not worse the emblem for that) a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards, who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on."
So pretty much eating turkey is the most American thing we can do on the 4th of July.