This was one of those “Oh crap, it’s 4pm, and I have nothing planned for dinner – what’s in the fridge and what can I make with it??” ideas, and my husband and I both loved it. Normally, I don’t really enjoy turkey burgers, as they tend to be dry and kind of tasteless. But, I’ve discovered that by using a turkey with a little more fat (93/7, as opposed to the usual 99% fat free ground turkey breast), and adding lots of delicious seasonings to the burgers themselves, they’re actually REALLY good. Of course, a pile of tasty toppings doesn’t hurt, either!
Sweet and Smokey Barbecue Turkey Burgers
1 lb ground turkey (93% lean, 7% fat)
1 small shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
2 t worcestershire
2 t dijon mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp smoked salt (or kosher salt)
4 slices muenster cheese
Sweet barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s)
6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp, and cut in half
one large, sweet onion, cut into thin half-moons
4 hamburger buns or English muffins
1.) Start by heating a skillet over medium heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the hot pan, and then add your onions and a large pinch of kosher salt. Cook the onions, tossing frequently, until the edges are nice and brown, and the onions have softened. Lower your heat to low, and continue to stir the onions every couple minutes (as your burgers cook), until they are a deep brown.
2.) While the onions are cooking, make your burgers. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, shallot, garlic, worcestershire, dijon, black pepper, and smoked salt, using your hands to gently mix all the ingredients. Form into 4 thin, equal-sized patties, and set aside.
3.) Heat a grill pan or griddle over medium heat. Lightly spray with olive oil, and add your burgers to the pan, making sure they’re not too crowded. Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side, until the bottoms are golden brown, and release from the pan easily.
4.) Once you’ve flipped the burgers, let them cook for another 3 minutes; then, add some barbecue sauce to the top of each burger, and top with a slice of cheese. Use a piece of foil to loosely tent the pan, and let the burgers cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is nice and melted, and the burgers are cooked through.
5.) Spread some barbecue sauce on the bottom of each of your hamburger buns or English muffins (we used English muffins because that was what we had on hand, and we didn’t want to go to the store – I actually really liked themr, as they held up well to all the messiness of these burgers, without getting soggy). Top with a burger, a pile of caramelized onions, and 1.5 strips of bacon.
These burgers were definite winners. The turkey was moist and flavorful, and the sweet onions and barbecue sauce worked perfectly with the smoky, salty bacon. Of course, you could substitute ground beef for the ground turkey, if you’d prefer… either way, these burgers would be great for a crowd, or just as a quick, weeknight meal!
Can you believe I forgot to sign off on my last post??