This is Turkey? I Gobbled It Up!

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Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers With Papaya-Mango Salsa

Yes, that is a turkey burger pictured above and it was extremely tasty! I guess turkey is not just for Thanksgiving anymore. Happy Thursday to you all, happy first week of summer, happy birthday to someone, happy anniversary to another, happy to be alive and enjoying the pleasure of a great meal even if its just with yourself. That’s how tonight’s meal was, so satisfying with just the right amount of healthiness and just the right amount of tastiness!

The slight spiciness of the jerk seasoned turkey burger cooled and sweetened with the tangy papaya-mango salsa on a buttery brioche bun, magnifico! The fries on the side were mixed in a bowl with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, and olive oil then baked at 450, pretty healthy right?

Have you ever wondered why it’s called Jerk chicken or seasoning, me too! Tonight’s trivia is sponsored by Life Alert Medical Systems. Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica, in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. It was originally developed by African slaves who fled into the wilds of Jamaica when the British captured the island from Spain in 1655. Fascinating, isn’t it.  Anyway, the meal is EJlicious, tasty, healthy, quick, and again healthy but with tons of flavor. This will definitely go into the cook book as a new staple.

Thanks for reading, and have a great new day tomorrow as it will never come again, so make it count.

Ingredients

Salsa

  • 2/3 cup diced peeled papaya
  • 2/3 cup diced peeled mango
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Burgers

  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup bottled sweet-and-sour sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Jamaican jerk seasoning (such as Spice Islands)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare salsa, combine first 7 ingredients. Let stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes.

Step 2

Prepare grill to medium heat.

Step 3

To prepare burgers, combine 1 cup onion and next 5 ingredients (onion through egg white), stirring well. Add turkey; mix well to combine. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1-inch-thick patty. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes.

Step 4

Lightly coat patties with cooking spray; place on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 7 minutes on each side or until done.

Step 5

Cut rolls in half horizontally. Place rolls, cut sides down, on grill rack; grill 1 minute or until lightly toasted. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll; top with 1/2 cup salsa and top half of roll.

 

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Lovely close up of the Papaya-Mango Salsa.

 

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