Empire “Secret” Turkey Burger

amanda freitag food network turkey burger

It’s almost July 4th, so obviously the only rational thing for us to do was hit up some of our favorite chefs for exclusive burger recipes for the big day. You can only get them on TNP, so we basically expect everyone’s safari/firefox tabs to be populated by potato-head recipes all week.

Number four on our top five countdown is a turkey burger from Amanda Freitag – a food network star, 4th of July BBQ expert, and the head chef of the newly-opened Empire Diner. Salivate now…


Yields 4

2 pounds ground free-range turkey meat

¼ cup diced shallots

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 cup fresh chives, pureed

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. kosher salt

2 tbsp. dijon mustard

4 brioche burger buns

1 bunch watercress

4 roasted tomatoes

½ cups Green Goddess dressing (See recipe below)


Begin by gathering all the mis en place for the burger mix, making sure you cut the shallots and peppers first and puree the chives with olive oil in a blender. When all your seasonings are measured out, place the turkey meat into a bowl and add all of the seasonings. Mix well with clean hands, making sure all of the ingredients are well distributed. Portion the mix into 4 large burgers and place on a tray and refrigerate.

Put together the Green Goddess Dressing and clean the watercress by removing any large stems. You can purchase roasted tomatoes or make your own.

On a hot grill or in a hot sauté pan, sear the burgers on each side, getting a nice sear. Then turn down the heat or move to a cooler spot on the grill and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes. To test the doneness, either use a skewer and poke and press to see if the juices run clear, or measure with a meat thermometer looking for an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Split and toast the brioche bun and top with the burger. Add the roasted tomato, a plush of watercress and pour on the Green Goddess Dressing. Top with the other half of the bun, put a large skewer through the top and serve!

Green Goddess Dressing (from Chef de Cuisine, Lauren Radel)

½  cup  mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup chives, rough chopped

¼ cup parsley, rough chopped

¼ cup dill, rough chopped

1 clove garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

½  tbsp. ground black pepper

1 cup buttermilk (optional)



Add chives, parsley, dill, garlic, mayo and sour cream to blender. Blend until smooth and fully combined. Add lemon juice and buttermilk (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste and reserve in a sealed container in the refrigerator. 

*For Recipe #1 of our July 4th Burger Countdown (Daniel Holzman’s Turkey Burger) Click Here

*For Recipe #2 of our July 4th Burger Countdown (Jamie Bissonnette’s Ramen Burger) Click Here

*For Recipe #3 of our July 4th Burger Countdown (Edi and the Wolf’s Wolfburger) Click Here

*For Recipe #5 of our July 4th Burger Countdown (TNP’s Essential Burger) Click Here

*Photographed by Alli Shepherd