How to make ahead and freeze turkey burgers / patties

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Its HOT outside and when you don’t have AC we use the BBQ a lot more often. I have a tendency to buy pounds of ground beef, chicken or turkey when i can, especially if its on sale. Then i end up throwing in the freezer…Of course once its time to cook some burgers I have this HUGE frozen clump of meat i need to wait to defrost. So what do i end up doing instead? Going back to the store and buying fresh meat bc I don’t want to wait around to defrost my meat! I start feeling like i’m throwing money out the window. So I decided I will start making my own burger patties ahead of time and just freeze. Its much CHEAPER to make my own.

The one thing however is frozen turkey or chicken patties are not enjoyable to eat. They usually are dry and  don’t have much flavor. So I decided I JUST need to make my own! I was at trader joes and they had 1lb of ground turkey for $2.99 pkg. So I bought 1lb bc that’s a good deal i thought. I had just made beef patties and I wanted to make turkey patties now from scratch for better flavor.

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One thing about turkey or chicken is it can be dry bc the patties have been handled to much causing a compact patty. So my biggest tip is DO NOT over mash the ground turkey.

This is not an exact recipe, so the quantities can be adjusted to your taste.

~What you will need~

Raw Fresh Ground Turkey – 1lb makes 4 patties

Lemon Zest – 2 lemons

Garlic Cloves- 6-8 cloves depending on how much garlic you like.

Fresh Parsley and Fresh Thyme

Olive oil or another healthy oil you like. I use Grapeseed oil, but you can use vegetable or canola oil.

Salt and Pepper

Next you want to get your herb paste prepped. Rinse off a large handful or parsley and a small handful of fresh thyme. Remove thyme leaves from twigs, you don’t want to use the large twigs from the brown part of thyme. Next take garlic cloves and smash then peel. Zest two lemons. (my pictures do not show the large handful, this was a smaller pile that I added to…save yourself time and do a bigger pile)

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Pile together parsley, thyme, garlic, lemon zest and 1 teaspoon of sea salt and chop very fine all together until you get a “paste” like texture. Set aside. 2014-07-02 12.59.20

Next get a large biscuit cutter (size 4 inches)

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Take a small handful of turkey and place into bottom of biscuit cutter and fill half way up, gently pressing down to spread out evenly. Next season with pepper and sea salt. Then take a teaspoon of herb paste and rub it onto ground turkey.

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Then get another small handful of turkey and place over herb filling, turkey filling should fill to the top of cutter. Gently press down to even out. Add another teaspoon of herb paste and season with pepper only, for top layer. Then add teaspoon of oil over patty.

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Transfer patty to a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil or plastic wrap.

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Continue to follow this process until all your patties are made, again about 4 patties per 1lb of turkey.

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Once all your patties are formed and transferred to cookie sheet, place into freezer. Let freeze for 2+ hours, i suggest at least 6 hours. Then take each patty and individually wrapped in foil. Then place into a ziplock freezer bag. Then place back into freezer. Once your are ready to cook just place on BBQ or into a hot pan while frozen.

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Easy Peasy, really!

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