Recipe: Naked Turkey Burgers

13 May

Exciting news, y’all: one of our photos, the one of the Chickpea and Tomato Salad, was accepted to both Tastespotting and Tasteologie! This is exciting because these sites typically only accept photos that are awesome. So, you know, I’m feeling a little proud of myself this week.

Once that one was accepted, I felt the bite of the “food porn” bug. Oh man, I can’t explain how excited I get now when I have something freshly made that I can photograph. A couple of things I’ve learned over the past two months about food photography:

  • Always use natural light. The light source should come from behind you, preferably over one of your two shoulders.
  • Never use flash. It makes it look cheap.
  • Try to “set the stage” for the food- a lot of mine I keep simple (on purpose) but you should see the awesome set-ups some people do for their photos, and it helps!

Those are just a few tips, of course. As you can see, I applied these tips to the photo of our recipe today: naked turkey burgers. A note about these: we had never cooked turkey burgers before, let alone on the grill. So, we overcooked them. They still tasted good, but they were a bit dry. It’s nearly impossible to see if the meat is cooked through, (and when using super lean turkey, there aren’t any juices to run clear, thus taking away that hint that they’re done), so time it. 6-8 minutes should be about perfect on the grill- we did 10 minutes per side and they were a step above hockey pucks.

Otherwise, this meal was awesome.

Naked Turkey Burgers


  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey burger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp rosemary
  • ¼ tsp sage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Mix meat with all ingredients.
  2. Form into patties (we made four)
  3. Cook on the grill, 6-8 minutes per side.
  4. Devour.

Do you have a fave turkey burger recipe? Share it with us!

Download the .pdf of this recipe: Naked Turkey Burgers


2 Responses to “Recipe: Naked Turkey Burgers”

  1. Parsley Sage May 13, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Well done landing on those food porn sites! I finally got one of mine accepted at foodgawker and got LOADS of hits. Great way to get people to your blog. Well done. Lovely naked turkey burgers 🙂 Sorry they were hockey-puckish!

    • chefshellina May 13, 2011 at 9:16 am #

      Thank you! I almost peed my pants when I saw I had gotten onto those sites- excitement abounds. (and yes, it dramatically helped with views). And the turkey burgers- I know better for next time now. Live and learn, right? 😉

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