There is a crappy little deli on 5th avenue near 23rd Street called Deli Marche, I used to eat there fairly regularly. One of my favorite sandwiches was the turkey burger. They’re low quality, but taste so good. Tonight, since we had some ground turkey meat around, I decided to try and reproduce it. I did a pretty good job (so I say)…

Turkey Burgers

Deli-Style Turkey Burgers

~4 mini burgers (or 2 regular burgers)

  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1.6 oz. Roasted Red Pepper, diced (one pepper)
  • 1 oz. Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dry Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Hot Paprika


  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Make four small (or two large) patties, at least 3/4 inch tall. It’s important to make them thick, so they stay moist.
  2. Grill or cook on a skillet, until medium.
  3. Serve on great bread, preferably with a bit of mayo, possibly a tomato or some fresh mozzarella.
Turkey Burgers & Celeriac Mashed Potatoes

To make the burgers a bit fancier, I served them on some crusty bread. And on the side I made Whipped Celeriac & Red Cranberry Potatoes. To make the side dish, boil large cubes of red cranberry potatoes with small dice of celeriac for about 15 minutes, until all pieces are fork tender. Use much less celeriac than potato (it’s strong). Strain the vegetables, then in the same sauce pot, warm whole milk, butter, lots of kosher salt, and black pepper. Return the veggies, and mash each cube once (don’t over work!). Then quickly whisk, about 30 seconds until lighter and no liquid remains. Taste for seasoning.

This is a pretty fast and easy meal with complex tastes and a really satisfying, comfort food feeling. Yum!

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