Bobby Flay’s Secret to Juicy, Flavor-Packed Turkey Burgers

Fire up the grill to cook along with Bobby as he makes beyond-delicious burgers in his own backyard.

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Turkey burgers often get a bad rap. When compared to their beef counterparts, leaner turkey burgers can seem dry or bland. But that doesn’t always have to be the case.

Bobby Flay recently invited us into his backyard (well, virtually) to show us how to make the juiciest, most flavor-packed burgers, no matter what kind of meat you start with. In his Bangin’ Burgers course on the Food Network Kitchen app, he demonstrates how to turn ground meat into patties like a pro and char them up perfectly on the grill or in a cast-iron skillet. He also shares his favorite toppings: pickled red onions with jalapeno relish, homemade marinara with melted mozzarella and barbecue sauce with homemade coleslaw, just to name a few. Each recipe is delicious and different enough that you could easily serve up burgers for dinner every night of the week without getting bored. The standout, though, might be Bobby's Portobello Mushroom and Swiss Turkey Burger.

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In this class, Bobby proves that turkey burgers can be just as juicy and flavorful as beef burgers. He knows his way around a turkey burger — so much so that it's actually one of the most popular alternative burgers at his restaurant Bobby’s Burger Palace. His secret? Start with good-quality ground turkey from your supermarket or local butcher, season with salt and pepper, and brush on a little canola oil before throwing the patties on the grill, just in case they don’t have enough fat in them. Be sure to cook the burgers all the way through for food safety reasons (there is no such thing as a medium-rare turkey burger). Then, bring out the secret weapon the ultimate cheeseburger topping.

Instead of throwing a slice or two of American onto the patty and calling it a day, Bobby fills a portobello mushroom cap with Swiss cheese and adds that to the grill. The stuffed 'shroom layer that results takes the turkey burger to a whole new delicious place. Not only does the mushroom add more meaty flavor, but the shape of the cap also keeps all the melty cheesy goodness in one place and prevents it from falling through the grill grates. Plus, the mushroom is basically the same size as the patty, so with each bite you're guaranteed an extra blast of cheesy, umami flavor.

Still not a fan of turkey burgers? The good news is that you can add this topper to any meat or veg you’re throwing on the grill this weekend. Bobby says, "This would also work for beef burgers, pork burgers, veggie burgers, whatever you want to do."

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