Grilling recipe: B.C. blueberry turkey burgers offer a fruity twist

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      Grilling season is upon us, and so is Father’s Day.

      If your father enjoys food that combines the sweet and savoury, here’s one way to surprise him, while also supporting British Columbia’s blueberry industry.   

      B.C. blueberry turkey burgers

      Yield: 4 burgers 

      1 lb (450 grams) lean ground turkey
      ¾ cup (115 grams) frozen B.C. blueberries, roughly chopped
      ¼ cup (30 grams) green onion, chopped
      1 large egg
      1 tbsp (15 ml) whole grain mustard
      1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh parsley, chopped or 2 tsp dry
      2 tsp (10 ml) fresh thyme, chopped or 1 tsp dry
      1 tsp (5 ml) garlic, finely minced or dry
      1 tsp (5 ml) paprika, mild or hot
      1 tsp (5 ml) salt
      ½ tsp (2.5 ml) black pepper
      3 tbsp (45 ml) breadcrumbs or ground flax seeds (if needed)
      2 tsp (10 ml) vegetable oil
      3 tbsp (45 ml) barbecue sauce (or use homemade B.C. blueberry barbecue sauce for an extra blueberry kick)
      4 whole grain burger buns

      Pre-heat a heavy bottom pan or barbecue to 175 C (350 F).
      In a bowl, mix all the burger ingredients and form four ¾-inch thick patties. If mixture appears too wet, add breadcrumbs or flax. Keep refrigerated until ready to cook.
      Grease the grill with an oiled paper towel or heat the oil in the pan.
      Place patties on the pre-heated grill plate, barbecue, or in a pan, and sear on medium-high heat, cooking for approximately 5 to 7 minutes until browned. Carefully flip over, reduce the heat to medium-low and finish cooking for another 5 to 7 minutes until internal temperature reaches 75 C (165 F).
      Brush with barbecue sauce and serve on buns with condiments as desired.