So I am just going to go ahead and assume that you are all as obsessed with zucchini right now as I am. I’m going pretty crazy over it, and it’s another one of those veggies that I wish were growing in my imaginary garden. I’ve always had incredible luck with zucchini. I’m not sure why this is. Anywho, I knew I had to highlight this veggie the best way I knew how, and of course that included some frying. My mom and dad have been frying zucchini for as long as I can remember, so I thought I would recreate their recipe and throw it on top of a turkey burger. The result was magic … pure magic.
I’m hit or miss when it comes to turkey burgers, and I think that’s because I’ve had one to many dry and disgusting ones. I have come to the point where I absolutely refuse to order them at restaurants. They never, ever live up to my expectations. Making them in my kitchen, however, is a completely different story. I have learned that they do not have to be dry and disgusting, but can be moist and delicious!
I think the key to cooking up the perfect turkey burger, is to use a MEAT THERMOMETER. I can’t tell you have many times my life has relied on my handy dandy meat thermometer. It is by far my favorite kitchen tool, and I highly recommend investing in one. It will change your life.
Flavor is yet another major issue I have with most turkey burgers. They are usually bland. Now I’m not saying you have to load it up with a gazillion ingredients (although, this would be totally ok if you did), but a substantial amount of salt, pepper and other spices and herbs will do just fine.
So why did I go turkey in this recipe instead of say…beef, lamb, or bison?
Well, although you can totally flavor up a turkey burger to make it delicious, it will never have that strong taste you would have in a beef, lamb or bison burger. These meats are usually pretty intense in their flavor. A turkey (or chicken) burger tends to be a little less flavorful. Since zucchini tends to be on the lighter side, I wanted to use a protein that would not take away from the star of the dish: which is 100% the zucchini!
Yes, you can totally serve this in a lettuce wrap. It will be just as delicious. ;) I’m just kind of a carby (word?)/bread hog. It’s a vice I’m willing to live with for the sake of not being completely miserable all the time and the sanity of those who have to be around me.
Yay, it’s Wednesday! We are halfway there! Although, I have to tell you guys, I am completely over this rain and humidity we’ve been having in Colorado. As a result, I will most definitely be hibernating for the rest of the week. Before I go crawl under a blanket, let’s talk about some beer!
Brewed By: Goose Island
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Content: 7.5%
Description: I’ve been kind of gung-ho over Goose Island’s saisons lately. I have to say, they brew a pretty good saison, and I definitely believe I needed one for this food pairing. Now, saisons are hit or miss with me. Sometimes they are just way too unflavorful. Other times, they can be out of this world. Goose Island’s Halia is out of this world. It is aged in wine barrels with peaches. PEACHES! It is tart, sweet and just a tad oaky … which is a characteristic you totally want when you hear it has been aged. It compliments these turkey burgers very well because it is so flavorful, yet not totally out of control. Oh, and it’s extremely refreshing on a hot summer’s day! I do not, however, recommend that you drink the entire 765 ml bottle by yourself. Sharing is caring!
I hope everyone is having a great week! Here is the scrumptious recipe!