...to get a turkey burger around here? Well, Walt and me, I guess. You pretty much have to buy turkey and grind it yourself. That's what we've done this week. In the local supermarkets, you can buy freshly ground beef or packages of ("industrial" is what they call it) ground beef. You can buy packaged ground pork to use in stuffings. But, until recently, that's been about it.
It's true that over the past month or two I've seen packages of "industrially" ground veal and even turkey in the supermarkets, but it's not something you find everywhere or all the time. Years ago, I wanted to make a Greek dish called moussaka, which is best made with ground lamb. I went to the supermarket over in Noyers-sur-Cher and told the butcher I was looking for affordable lamb cuts and told him why. He'd never heard of moussaka.
I explained that moussaka was made using ground (minced) lamb, and he immediately told me he couldn't grind lamb in his meat grinder, which was used exclusively for beef. I told him not to worry, I had a meat grinder at home. I just didn't want to spend a fortune on fine cuts of lamb just for grinding. It all worked out.
It worked out this week too. I bought a turkey breast filet at LIDL on Tuesday over in Romorantin. It weighed a kilogram and cost €7.99. I brought it home and the next day I cut it into pieces that would be easy to put into the meat grinder. We ground it and made burger patties out of it for lunch yesterday and for the freezer. Because it was very lean turkey breast, I ground some fresh pork belly (bacon, or "side meat") with it to add some fat.
Anyway, it turned out really good, as you can see. The buns in my photos are the ones I made about a week ago and put in the freezer. They are definitely better than supermarket hamburger buns. And the sauce is one I found in a recipe on the 'net. It's a blend of mayonnaise and Thai sriracha sauce — three parts mayo and one part sriracha (which is a flavorful hot red pepper sauce). Delicious. Walt diced up a cornichon and added it to the sauce.
With the turkey burgers, cooked on the grill, we had some grilled (guess what...) zucchini cut into thick slices, and some French fries. The weather is very hot right now, and we're cooking on the grill out on the terrace. We also put the fryer out there and cook the frites outdoors. It's summertime living, and we're enjoying it.