It’s burger time!

Andy and I have just returned from our annual lake trip with our friends, The Bells.  We paddled around on the kayak, noodled, boated, drank large quantities of beer and wine, and most importantly ATE loads of great food and had many good laughs!

Lisa and Nate both enjoy food and cooking about as much as we do, so we always spend a good deal of our lake weekend in the cabin’s kitchen, whipping together ridiculously tasty spreads for our evenings on the deck.  This year was no exception, we made grilled pizza, the baconator (modified to be even more toxic–recipe will not be posted–ever!), atomic buffalo turds (modified to be a little less toxic–I will post this recipe soon!), smoked pork, and much, much more!  I know, I know–quite a weekend for a couple of flexitarians!

What we didn’t have was boring old burgers.  We saved that for our first dinner home–on our much needed post vacation, nitrate vacation.  I am sure you are wondering what in the he** I am talking about, but stick with me and you will quickly understand, and I promise you the burgers are anything but boring!

So this story really begins about a year ago.  On one of my weekly trip to Sams, I eyed a two pack of ground turkey (2-2# packs), thought ‘what the heck’, bought it, and stuck it in the freezer.  Why?  I really don’t know–I didn’t have anything in mind for it, I just thought maybe one day it will be good for something tasty.  And it was…please refer to my turkey loaf!  Anyway, back to the burger…I decided to create a health conscience and grilless burger to finish off the turkey two pack.  So I fired up the oven, cast away all previous burger rules, and quickly created this smokey turkey burger that blew my mind.  In fact, after a quick trip back to Sam’s to load up the freezer with MORE turkey, poor Andy was eating these tasty burgers for about two weeks straight!  Introducing my Smokey turkey burger!

Fast forward to yesterday:  Unfortunately (for me anyway), Andy was ready for a burger change.  So I put on my thinking cap, pulled a pack of turkey out of the freezer, and gave it a go!  My latest version of the turkey burger is nothing like the orginal! It is completely different in flavor and MAYBE even healthier and TASTIER!  Andy thinks so anyway!  For now, I am calling it Andy’s berry burger, but you can purchase the naming rights for a small monthly fee…:)!  Again, back to the burger–this burger is so tasty with the piney, pungent fragrance of rosemary combined with the salty feta and the sweet/tart craisins–oh, this is a wildly delicious combination and Andy’s favorite!  It might be yours too!  Give them both a try and let me know which one wins at your house!

Smokey turkey burger

Servings:  4-6 depending upon your size preference!

  • 1# lean ground turkey
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c finely chopped red, yellow, or chopped GREEN onion
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T cumin seed
  • 1/2 T chipotle peppe flakes
  • 1/4 c finely chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/4 c finely chopped green olives
  • 1/2 c finely chopped fresh cilantro or italian parsley
  • 1 t freshly ground black pepper
  • Pepper jack cheese slices (optional)
  • Whole Wheat buns
  • Sliced red onion (optional)

Preheat oven to broil (or low broil).  Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Shape into 4-6 patties (depending upon your size preference) and place on a pam sprayed cooking sheet or in a large lasagna pan.  Broil for 6 minutes, flip the burgers and broil for another 6 minutes.  Thow the burger on your bun with the optional garnishes/accompaniments and ENJOY!

Andy’s berry burger

Servings:  4-6 (depending upon the size)

  • 1 # lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 c bread crumbs
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c red or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 T raspberry vinaigrette dressing, light
  • 2 T ketchup
  • 2 large sprigs of rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1 t freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 t chipotle pepper flakes

Preheat oven to broil (or low broil).  Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Shape into 4-6 patties (depending upon your size preference) and place on a pam sprayed cooking sheet or in a large lasagna pan.  Broil for 6 minutes, flip the burgers and broil for another 6 minutes.  Thow the burger on your bun and ENJOY!

 

 

 

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