Burgers 101

May 20, 2014 – Are you a classic burger kind of guy, a ground turkey gal or do you prefer to go meatless with a veggie burger? Whichever variety tickles your fancy, we’ve got the inside secrets to help you create the perfect patty.

Beef Burgers
Some say the secret to the perfect burger is all in the seasoning, but we think at the heart of every burger is great beef. Too much, or too little, fat on the beef can cause the burger to be dry or shrink while cooking. Look for a beef that’s 85% lean; it’s the best for a juicy burger, and it helps finely chopped peppers, onions or garlic to stay put, giving your burger endless flavor.

Try it: Fire up the grill and make Supreme Burgers from the ALDI Test Kitchen – stacked high with caramelized onions, avocado, tomatoes and bacon.


Turkey Burgers
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a classic beef burger, try a turkey burger. We like to use a combination of dark and light meat ground turkey to ensure that the patty is still flavorful and juicy but lower in fat and cholesterol.

Try it: Piled high with spicy pepper jack cheese, sweet pineapple, green pepper and red onion, our Hawaiian Turkey Burger recipe will have you saying “Aloha” to turkey all summer long.


Veggie Burgers
Looking for a meat-free alternative? Veggie burgers can provide the taste and aroma of a traditional burger with endless amounts of options. There are two key things to remember when it comes to making any great vegetarian burger. First, make sure to get a good sear on the burger in a super-hot skillet or on the grill so it develops a flavorful crust (no mushy burgers here). Second, make sure to pop your burger mixture into the fridge to chill for at least 10 minutes before forming into patties. This will help the burgers stay together while they are cooking.

Try it: the Black Bean Spiced Burger is a zesty alternative to beef or turkey burgers. And the yogurt sauce spread? You’ll be licking the spoon for more.


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8 thoughts on “Burgers 101

  1. Kenneth Goltz

    Gotta do the 85/15 patties from Aldi–I just add the flavors that I like from the spice cabinet, cheese drawer, and buns. How about some Fit and Active Turkey Patties, and something that’s veggie but not pasty like most veggie burgers?

  2. P.W.

    My boyfriend buys your turkey burgers all the time and uses them to make tacos. The turkey meat is really tasty. I usually only go for the organic meat in this world, trying to stay away from Monsanto confined grain fed animals. I am not sure where your turkeys come from, they seem high quality but are they free range or conventional? The meat is unbelievably affordable.

  3. jan

    I wanted to check out the California Coast burger shown in the Summer catalog to see if there was a special dressing, but I can find everything but that on the blog and regular website. Most frustrating!

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