Are you tired of the same old beef burgers at your backyard parties? Why not try something different and exciting – Blackstone Turkey Burgers?
This unique twist on a classic favorite is made from whole ground turkey and a secret blend of seasonings, promising a flavor explosion and the perfect texture.
Blackstone Turkey Smash Burgers are the best new way to enjoy all your traditional Thanksgiving flavors in a burger.
This guide includes everything you need to know about how to cook turkey smash burgers on Blackstone. Let’s dig into it.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Healthier Option: Turkey is leaner than beef, making these burgers a healthier choice.
- Unique Flavor: The secret seasoning blend adds a burst of flavor you won’t find in traditional burgers.
- Texture Variety: Enjoy a soft patty with crispy edges, creating the perfect burger texture.
- Versatile Toppings: Customize with your favorite toppings to create your ideal burger.
- Quick Cooking: These burgers cook faster than beef, saving you time at the grill.
Blackstone Turkey Burgers Recipe
Here’s the best-ever recipe for turkey burgers on Blackstone.
BLACKSTONE SMASH BURGER RECIPE’S INGREDIENTS:
- 2 lbs ground turkey (yields 8 balls )
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 egg
- 6 wheat buns
- 6 slices of American cheese
- Toppings of your choice.
Tomato slices, shredded iceberg lettuce, shredded onions, pickles, bacon strips, or anything else you like.
- Sauces of your choice.
Mayonnaise, Mustard sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Hot sauce, or any other smash sauce you may like.
Blackstone Smash Burgers Kit:
My Blackstone smash burgers kit comprises only 3 essentials that you will already have at hand if you own a Blackstone griddle like me.
- Spatula: All you basically need is one stainless steel, standard-sized spatula with a rubber handle to flip, press, and create your Blackstone smash burgers.
- Burger Press: If you are a Blackstone griddle fan like me, then you might have a burger press in your kit as well. But a spatula will serve you the same function as well.
- Scraper: This is a Blackstone griddle cleaning essential, although a spatula can serve the same purpose. Having separate tools for different purposes is helpful.
HOW TO MAKE TURKEY BURGERS ON BLACKSTONE
The first step in creating my crowd favorite Blackstone turkey smash burger recipe is to preheat the griddle to medium high heat.
While it’s heating up, prepare the burger mixture by adding one egg to the ground turkey and mixing in onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Form the mixture into eight meatballs and refrigerate them while you prepare your toppings.
I like a double patty turkey smash burger recipe, so make sure the portions are fairly consistent. I roll them loosely into balls and refrigerate them while getting my other ingredients ready.
Prepare your burger toppings by finely grating onions, shredding iceberg lettuce, and slicing tomatoes. Iceberg lettuce is great for adding crunch to the Blackstone turkey smash burger recipe.
Crisp the hamburger buns on the medium-hot griddle until they turn a light golden brown. Now prepare the vegetables for toppings. I finely grate the onions to add to my special sauce mix.
Crisp the hamburger buns on the medium-hot griddle until they turn a light golden brown.
I like to do this step beforehand so as to avoid any beef sticking to the buns. Butter the buns and place them on your Blackstone griddle.
Now, turn the heat to medium-high (around 400 degrees). Space out the meatballs on the griddle, ensuring each has enough room to cook. Place a piece of parchment paper on each meatball to prevent sticking.
Now press the meatball with burger press. Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip the burgers once and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side. When the color changes from pink to dark brown, your burger is done.
Place a cheese slice on each patty to melt nicely. This melted cheese will hold both patties together for the perfect turkey smash burger Blackstone.
Spread your favorite burger sauce on the toasted buns and place the turkey smash burger on it. Top with lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
Now place a cheese slice on each of your patties, which will melt it nicely. This melted cheese will be the glue in between both patties for the best Blackstone turkey smash burgers.
Cooking Tips For Perfect Turkey Burgers On The Blackstone Griddle
Do you know what is the secret ingredient that makes turkey smash burgers perfect? The secret ingredient to any recipe is the right temperature, the right amount of cooking time, the right tools, and the ingredients.
So what temp to cook smash burgers on Blackstone griddle? What are the right ingredients and tools are listed below.
1- What Temperature to Cook Smash Burgers on Blackstone griddle?
Your homemade burgers won’t taste like the restaurant ones unless you cook them at the right temperature.
Preheat the griddle to medium-high heat. If it is too low, the burger patties will stick to the surface. And if it is too high, you’ll end up with a burnt coating.
The right temperature for turkey smash burgers on a Blackstone griddle is 400 degrees F. At this temperature, you’ll get a terrific char while perfectly cooked meat inside.
Besides using thermometers to make sure that the griddle is hot enough, you can sprinkle some water drops. If they start dancing on the surface and evaporate immediately, know that this is the right temperature to put the meat on.
2- Right Tools For Smash Burgers
Just like you can not get the perfect cut of meat if you don’t use the right set of knives, you can not smash the burgers perfectly if you don’t use the right tools to do so.
There’s a wide range of options to use between Blackstone burger press, a large spatula, or a trowel.
Kenji, The Food Lab’s author, suggested using a trowel and a wallpaper scraper as the best way to smash the burgers.
Don’t forget to use parchment paper to protect your meat from sticking.
3- Right Percentage of Fat in Blackstone Turkey Smash Burgers
The right amount of fat in the meat is the key to a juicy texture.
But that doesn’t mean too much fat. As turkey is lean meat, excessive fat will make the meat fall apart. 80% meat and 20% fat in a turkey burger patty is ideal.
Go for a 93/7 or 90/10 lean to fat ratio.
4- Trick for Perfectly Textured Turkey Smash Burgers
A softer burger patty with caramelized crispy edges is the name of the perfect texture of smash burgers. The need to cook turkey meat for a longer duration makes the burger tough and dry.
Kenji, while playing different tricks, came up with the idea of adding eggplant puree to the meat.
Yes, your guests will not even feel the flavor of eggplant but rather enjoy a juicy and soft burger. Moreover, the right trick to get crispy edges is to smash the meatball in the first 30 seconds when you place it on the griddle.
5- Oil Choice
Most of the smash burger recipes start with rubbing butter on the griddle. However, it’s not the same when making smash burgers with ground turkey.
Butter makes turkey meat splotchy. And we don’t need to turn our burger patty into a mushy ball. So try to go for vegetable oil or olive oil instead.
6- Flip Wisely
Flip your burgers just once! Let it cook change its color from pink to dark brown and flip. It almost takes 3-4 minutes to cook on one side.
If you flip the burger too many times, you will lose moisture and juices. The same applies to pressing the burger patties. If you press them, be ready for a dry and tough burger.
How Long to Cook Turkey Burgers on Blackstone?
You might be assuming that turkey smash burgers need to be cooked longer. But, no, you’re wrong. Ground turkey meat takes less than beef. The total cooking time for Blackstone turkey smash burgers is 10-15 minutes.
However, once you reach the desired temperature to put the burger patties on, cook each side until it changes color.
It takes 3-4 minutes for one side, and 8 minutes for both sides. So cook turkey smash burgers for less longer than your regular beef patties.
Do You Need Parchment Paper for Smash Burgers?
It’s not a hard and fast rule to use parchment paper for smashing the burgers. It’s just to protect the meat from sticking to the spatula.
However, famous burger joints use it. They might be in a hurry to make larger batches so they need parchment paper.
Otherwise, if you’re doing it at home, you have enough time to smash one meatball and then gradually remove the burger press or spatula.
Pulling out instantly can lift the meat off the griddle.
How to Know When Your Turkey Smash Burgers Are Done
Of course, the color. The transformation of pink color to dark brown color will indicate the doneness of the burger.
Regardless, it is not an authentic way to check the doneness as the meat may be uncooked from the middle when you cut the patty in half. So here are two ways to check if burgers are done:
- The most authentic way is to check the internal temperature of the burger with a food thermometer. If it says 165 degrees F, then the turkey burger is cooked perfectly.
- The second method is to cut the burger vertically in half and check the color from the inside. If it is dark, not pink, your burger is done.
- Another way is the press test. Press the burger and if it extracts clear juices, then you’re good to go.
BLACKSTONE TURKEY SMASH BURGER SAUCE
No Smashburger is complete without its signature smash sauce! It’s a nice alternative to ketchup and other sauces because it’s creamier and has more flavor.
The heat from the sauce pairs well with the crispy patty on their burger.
Smash Sauce is a simple sauce that uses mayonnaise and mustard, adding in some dill pickles and pickle juice to create more of a tang.
To complete the sauce, add a splash of vegetable oil: it helps bring all the elements together and makes it taste even better. Then, chill in the fridge for at least four hours to let those flavors really mix together.
TOPPINGS FOR BLACKSTONE GRIDDLE SMASH BURGER
Cheese (Cheddar, American, pepper jack, swiss)
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Sauteed Bell pepper
Additions and Substitutions
Feel free to get creative with your Blackstone Turkey Smash Burgers! Additions like sautéed mushrooms, crispy onions, or different cheese varieties can elevate your burger.
For a healthier twist, use whole wheat buns or lettuce wraps.
Storage and Freezing
You can store leftover turkey smash burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
To freeze, wrap each burger individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag. They will keep well for up to three months. Reheat in a skillet or on the griddle for a quick and delicious meal.
Other Blackstone Recipes
Blackstone Turkey Smash Burgers
- 2 lbs ground turkey (yields 8 meatballs)
- 2 tbsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 egg
- 6 wheat buns
- 6 slices of American cheese
Toppings of your choice
- Tomato slices
- Shredded iceberg
- Shredded onions
- Bacon strips
Sauces Of Your Choice
- Mustard sauce
- Hot sauce
- Smash sauce
- Preheat Your Griddle. Set your griddle to medium-high heat (around 400 degrees)
**Prepare the Burger Mixture:**
- In a bowl, combine the ground turkey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and one egg. Mix thoroughly.
- Form the mixture into eight meatballs and refrigerate them while you prepare your toppings.
**Prepare Your Toppings:**
- Grate onions finely, shred iceberg lettuce, slice tomatoes thinly.
- Crisp the hamburger buns on the medium-hot griddle until they turn a light golden.
**Cook the Beef Patties:**
- Place the meatballs on the griddle, ensuring each has enough space to cook. –
- To prevent sticking, place a piece of parchment paper on each meatball. Press the meatball with a burger press.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side until the color changes from pink to dark brown.
- Place a cheese slice on each patty and let it melt.
- Spread your favorite burger sauce on the toasted buns.
- Place the turkey smash burger on the bun and top it with lettuce and sliced tomatoes.
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