Our family is small, and so our post-Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are huge! We cooked up a turkey that was nearly 12 pounds, pretty average as turkeys go I guess, but that sure is a lot of turkey for 2 adults and 1 small child (both of our families live overseas, so it’s just us at Thanksgiving!).
My husband loves eating cold turkey leftovers, but I don’t care for the bird that much. So I’m always trying to come up with new, more appetizing ways to use up all of that turkey meat. I have an idea for a new soup that I’m going to try soon, but in the meantime, these turkey burgers were pretty tasty! And the best part is that they’re grain-free!
If you have some leftover stuffing, I imagine it would be quite tasty to incorporate some of that into the burgers as well!
2 cups cooked, diced turkey meat (I used a mixture of white and dark meat)
3/4 cup coarsely chopped red onion
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Dash of hot sauce (optional)
Turkey stuffing (optional) note: haven’t tried this so not sure of quantity.
1. Add all ingredients into a food processor. Process until well-blended but stop while there is still texture (don’t let it turn into a puree!)
2. Heat oil in a pan. Form turkey mixture into patties and cook until golden on each side.
We didn’t eat these with buns, but I’m sure they would be good that way too. I had mine with a side of veggies and salad, and my husband had grilled cheese and salad. Yum yum!