The Unexpected Addition For Juicier Poultry Burgers

Low in fat, it's easy for a chicken or turkey burger to turn out dry and lackluster compared to the beefier version of the classic American fare. But, with one simple (and surprising) ingredient, those healthier burgers can turn out juicy and craveable.

Whether you choose a burger made of poultry because you are cutting back on your red meat consumption, want an option with lower calories, or just want a change of pace, a patty made of turkey or chicken might appeal to you. While adding flavorful and creamy mayonnaise, melted cheese, or freshly sliced avocado to the burger might add an element of moisture, it can't totally mask a dried-out burger. 

Instead of trying to hide the patty under a stack of toppings, consider adding an ingredient to the meat patty that will make it juicier and more flavorful. And even better, you probably already have it in your kitchen. 

Butter adds moisture and flavor

The answer to your dry poultry burger is butter. This common dairy product when added to your poultry burger will add flavor and fat for a better-tasting burger that will also have an improved mouthfeel. 

When picking out the meat for the patty, purchase ground turkey or ground chicken instead of a whole breast or thigh. By using ground meat, it will be easier to blend in the butter. After placing the ground poultry in a large bowl and adding seasoning to it, incorporate grated chilled butter. (Butter that is room temperature and soft will be harder to grate.) This method works best because you are guaranteed better distribution of the butter versus slicing pieces and mixing it into the ground meat. A good ratio of butter to meat to follow is 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter for each pound of ground poultry. 

After grating the butter into the ground turkey or chicken, blend all ingredients together and form patties that are suitable for cooking on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill. Top with your favorite ingredients such as cheese, avocado, or Sriracha mayo for the most flavorful and juicy poultry burger you have ever made.