Summer ran away from me this year. It has ended without me putting a light to my grill and I am here editing this post that I wrote almost two months ago!. I am in my office at work wearing my long sleeve shirt and a parka. Its cold and I am wishing that I was young, carefree with no responsibility. Long gone are those lazy days spent hanging out with friends, going to the beach, reading a good book and more importantly 'running a boat ' i.e. its getting together with friends and cooking, sometimes outdoor, everybody contributing something, nothing fancy, just plain , cheap food that's good for the soul.
I have been waiting to invest in a great smoker / grill to make all things ‘jerk’ … fish, turkey, pork and chicken. The original plan was to purchase my smoker this summer to give my Classic Jerk Turkey Burger a great grill stripe and more than a hint of smoke. Well lets say that dream is deferred to later as there were some twists and turns and bumps in the road. And as the proverbial phrase goes… when life gives you lemon, make lemonade!
To get an authentic jerk taste, you need the smoke from the pimento wood. However most of us living abroad compensate for this by allowing the jerk to marinate in herbs and spices over several days. We sometimes utilize the oven or a regular grill but that smoky taste is often missing. Mind you, its still delicious but its not like the jerk you get on the island. Whatever method you use, its a close second to what you can get on the sunny island of Jamaica. We accept it, we “make do” and we move on.
I first made these awesome jerk turkey burgers for a group of co workers one weekend two summers ago. Believe me I just made them. Wasn’t trying to do anything special; as far as I was concerned the star of the day was suppose to be my Asian Chicken Kabobs. They loved it as well but they spoke about these jerk turkey burgers for weeks. That’s when I knew I had created something special.
I have pan fried these succulent jerk turkey burgers on one occasion when the weather prevented me from using the grill. It came out just as beautiful. They were delicious, juicy and very easy to make and will have everyone coming back for more. i will be using my Lodge Cast Iron grill on my stove top to make these burgers.
So here goes, you be the judge… try it and let me know what you think about these fabulous jerk turkey burgers.