What do you do with ground turkey? Ground turkey was on sale for $2.99/1.25lbs so I immediately pounced and at the time, I was full of ideas, mainly a ground turkey taco bowl. But when it was time to cook, I didn’t feel like eating it anymore and I had to search the internet for something new. I was craving a burger instead of a taco bowl and so I was thisclose to putting it away and grabbing ground beef.
But I was hungry.
And de-frosting takes time.
FINE. So my genius self came up with making a ground turkey patty. I was anticipating it to be…under-whelming so I was pleasantly surprise when I took a bite and the patty was juicy!
That might have been because I took a slice of bacon and chopped it super, super tiny and mixed it in. I was also afraid that the turkey was going to be bland so I minced two cloves of garlic, threw in some worcestershire sauce, and fish sauce.
Yes, fish sauce. I heard it adds umami! And since it’s a typical sauce in a Filipino kitchen, I figured, why not? It’s here!
Usually, when I’m craving meat, I make a beef patty (lightly seared and RAW) and eat with rice so I was going to do the same thing with the turkey patty but then Andrew found some red wine in the fridge.
So after frying the patties, I threw in a whole onion and deglazed the pan with red wine. I added worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and some soy sauce and magic happened. It was a Japanese style hamburger (ハンバーグ) made of turkey! With a brown/white rice mix and a side of garlic broccoli, it was a delicious, filling dinner! (●⌒∇⌒●)
I wish the sauce was saucier so I would add up to a cup of red wine.
Serves 4 very hungry adults craving meat
1.25 lbs lean ground turkey (93/7)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1-2 teaspoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 slice of fatty, fatty bacon, minced
1-2 teaspoons olive oil, for pan frying
salt and pepper
1/2-1 cup red wine
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 large onion, sliced
- Season the ground turkey with the worcestershire sauce, fish sauce, garlic powder, and of course salt and pepper. Mix lightly with the uncooked bacon and garlic.
- Heat up a large pan with a 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. Once heated, pan fry the turkey patties. Since this wasn’t beef, I had to make sure I cooked it all the way… which I’m not used to, so make sure it’s cooked all the way!
- Once they’re cooked, set aside on a separate plate. Using the leftover oil in the pan, saute the sliced yellow onions and cook until slightly softened. De-glaze the pan with the red wine and let simmer for a minute or two. Add the remaining sauce mixture and stir over low heat, letting the sauce thicken. Taste and adjust according to taste.