At the sheer thought of being a guinea pig for a Tribune Chronicle Cooks story, my husband grimaced and appeared to be less than thrilled.
With each meal, I try to make my family more health conscious. Sometimes they come willingly. Sometimes they come kicking and screaming. So when I came across this recipe, turkey burgers, I thought, could be just the trick to helping hubby and the boys eat healthy without even realizing it.
I made few adjustments to the recipe. It sounded almost perfect.
The Taste of Home recipe for turkey burgers with caramelized onions is shown. Even reluctant healthy eaters will enjoy this tasty burger.
I knew with such little fat, turkey burgers often have a tendency of not sticking together. The Worcestershire sauce seemed to help with that and gave it a nice taste.
I didn't have green onions on hand, so I simply chopped some sweet onions as a substitution.
And the caramelized onions, always a favorite of mine, were a wonderful, tasty treat to top the burgers. (If you love caramelized onions as much as I do, you might want to double the quantity. While it sounds like a lot at first glance, two large onions cook down considerably when they soften.)
While prep time for caramelizing the onions takes more than an hour, tossing the burgers on the grill is pretty quick and easy. In fact, don't stray too far from the grill for very long. They will burn quickly. While the recipe calls for cooking the patties on medium-high heat, I prefer to cook a little slower on low heat.
Once the meal was done, and the patties were brought to the table, the family came happily. That was the first step to a successful dinner.
One bite into the burger and even my husband, the unwilling guinea pig, smiled. ''Bren, these are good!'' he said, almost with disbelief.
And the kids? They cleaned their plates without objection, and I knew I was doing OK.