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How to Cook Turkey Franks

author image M.H. Dyer
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
How to Cook Turkey Franks
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Turkey franks are a healthy, low-fat alternative to traditional pork or beef franks. According to Brown University Nutrition Academic Award Program, turkey franks contain 8 to 11 fat g, depending on the brand, while beef and pork franks contain 12 to 18 g. Turkey franks are prepared much the same way as traditional franks: they are usually boiled, microwaved or grilled. Preparation is simple, as turkey franks are generally precooked and only need to be heated through.

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Step 1

Fill a saucepan with water to prepare boiled turkey franks. Bring the water to a boil, then place the franks in the water. Boil with the lid on the saucepan until the turkey franks are plump and hot -- about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the turkey franks from the boiling water with a pair of tongs. Serve hot.

Step 2

Place turkey franks on a microwave-safe plate to heat the franks in your microwave. Before cooking, prick the frank with a fork or the tip of a paring knife to prevent the frank from popping in the event of overcooking. Cover the franks with waxed paper. Because turkey franks are precooked, the franks only need to be heated through. One turkey frank cooks in 30 to 40 seconds, while a plate of four franks requires approximately 2 minutes. Cooking time varies widely among microwave ovens. Turkey franks can also be heated in a hot dog bun. The technique is no different, but a paper towel placed under the hot dog prevents the bun from becoming tough.

Step 3

Keep turkey franks cool -- either in the refrigerator or a cooled filled with ice--until you're ready to grill them. Grill turkey franks on an oil, gas or charcoal grill, with the grill placed about 4 inches above the heat source. Turn the franks often so the franks grill evenly.

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