Pan Frying Turkey Burgers and Finishing the Dish

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Amy Riolo demonstrates how to pan fry a turkey burger.

    Amy Riolo: Hi! I am Amy Riolo. Today, I am working in the kitchen at Sur La Table in Arlington, Virginia and I am making Dill and Feta stuffed Turkey Burgers with cucumber, string beans and olive tapenade, and we have just finished forming our burgers. So what I am going to do now is saut our burgers. I am going to turn my pan on over medium heat and then I am going to add about two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Then I am just going to let this coat the bottom of the pan, get it nice and hot. What we are actually doing here is we are going to be searing the turkey burgers. We are going to sear them on both sides. We are not deep that frying them; we are just letting them sear. Then we are going to put them into the oven and let them cook all the way through. What searing does is it helps to seal in the juiciness, seal in the flavor and it gives them a little bit of that olive oil flavor. We have got them all. You want to be careful not to crowd your skillet. You let them simmer for about three to five minutes on each side, just until they get nice and golden brown. You can tell when they are ready to flip. If you look on this side and some of the meat has started to cook and change color and turn white, as it turns white, you know they are ready to flip. You can also tell because when you put a spatula underneath, it's going to flip very quickly. But if you have any resistance there, then it means that some burgers are not ready to be flipped. You can go ahead and check them out. This one has a little resistance so I know it's not quite ready yet. Whenever you are frying something, when you add cold things to the hot oil, it brings the temperature down. So you might need to turn your heat up a little bit. The more things that you add to your oil, the colder it will get. So keep that in mind as you are frying and always the more you add, a little bit higher you can increase the temperature. So there is one burger. We'll just keep turning these. These are definitely not cooked through. For turkey, you want to make sure that you have them nice and cook through all the way through the center because it's a form of poultry. So now that our turkey burgers have cooked completely on both sides, we can go ahead and start adding our feta cheese. This is about four ounces of fat-free feta and we are just going to place them on top of each burger. That way when it goes into the oven, it's going to melt down right on top, make a nice coating for our burger. The combination of feta and dill is so classic, it's absolutely delicious and it really, really work so you have a lot of nice rounded flavors to these turkey burgers. And we just think of turkey at Thanksgiving time, but in the Mediterranean region, they eat it all the time on a daily basis and it's a great thing to have around, especially if you can get a fat-free variety. So now that we have got our cheese covering our turkey burgers, we can go ahead and transfer to the oven and we will bake them for 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked through. We have just finished taking our turkey burgers out of the oven and the cheese has melt nicely on top. We are just going to take them out of the pan and place them into our bun. Then to garnish on the side, we will add our salad. You can smell all of the bright flavors of the olive and the lemon juice in here and it smells really great. And then to serve it, we can just put a little slice of lemon, and scatter a little bit more dill around the plate and enjoy!