Grilled Turkey Burgers and Power Outages

Did I mention that the neighborhood we moved into is prone to power outages?

We’ve been here about two months and the electricity has been out at least four times. Usually related to a heavy rainstorm moving through, once just arbitrarily on a sunny Sunday morning.

We should have known, when the house came with an already-wired-in generator, which powers the essentials in our kitchen, well, and sump pump.

We also should have known, when the first time the power went out, the hum of generators going on all over the neighborhood filled the air.


Related to this, I made Grilled Turkey Burgers this week. Punctuated with a rip-snorting thunderstorm soaking us while we pulled the burgers off the grill, and knocking the electricity off as soon as we got inside.

Turns out, a lantern-lit meal of Turkey Burgers and grilled corn on the cob with thunder and lightning pounding around you is absolutely delicious. Something about atmosphere. Restaurants should attempt this.

Doesn’t that look glamorous?

I should warn you, these burgers aren’t just typical Turkey Burgers. These burgers have two kinds of cheeses, spinach, onion, and garlic worked into them. They could also easily make a delicious meatloaf if you’re too lazy to form patties.

In fact, I think next time I probably will do meatloaf, given that that despite oiling both my indoor and outdoor grills (I started off on my cast-iron grill because we were having trouble getting our grill lit), these things stuck to the grates like white on rice.

But mercy were they good.

And an awesome way to get your veggies while eating a juicy delicious burger.

The above is the best photo we could get with the power outage, combining two lanterns. Not too shabby. We got a little lazy on the toppings given that they were still in the fridge and we were trying to keep the cold air inside.

My adorable cooking assistant, wishing I would drop a morsel.

Now. I think you should enjoy the recipe too. Adapted from the wonderful folks at America’s Test Kitchen.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Feta

1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

10 oz frozen chopped spinach

1/4 cup minced red onion

1 hefty tbsp minced garlic

4 buns of your liking


Mix all those delicious ingredients (gently now!) and form four large patties about an inch thick.  Oil your grill grate (WELL!) and sear on both sides for about 5 to 7 minutes. Then turn the grill heat down to medium and cook the burgers, covered, till they’re about 160 degrees on the inside.

Then eat them as fast as you can.



2 thoughts on “Grilled Turkey Burgers and Power Outages

  1. Mmmm… gotta try these! Last time we did turkburgs we cooked them on non-stick foil on the grill – worked perfectly!

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