Monday, May 28, 2012

a holiday & southwest turkey burgers

my heart is filled with happiness as this weekend has provided much rest and enjoyment of foods such as the picture above. if you know me, you know that i get pretty pumped up about a good cookout with great foods, family & friends, and the perfect musical background (aka rodrigo y gabriela pandora radio, if you really want to picture my weekend!)

 since such holidays have actually given me time to sit here and blog i thought i'd share a new recipe we are trying out this weekend. now, i know i know i know that turkey burgers do NOT sound appeasing to such burger fanatics, but trust me, a good turkey burger is worth trying, and again, if you know me, you know how much i love my beef!

here is the recipe we found via!
you'll be sorry if you don't try it... :)


  • 8 slices turkey bacon or turkey bacon with black pepper or applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package
  • cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional - parsley may be substituted
  • 1/2 small bell pepper, green, red or yellow, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons, 2/3 palm full, ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne hot sauce, several drops (recommended: Tabasco)
  • 2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick)
  • Vegetable oil or olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1/2 pound deli sliced pepper jack cheese
Chop your garlic and veggies.
Combine turkey meat, garlic, shallot or onion, thyme, cilantro or parsleybell pepper, serrano or jalapeno pepper, cumin, hot pepper sauce, grill seasoning or salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds then form meat into patties. Drizzle patties with vegetable oil to coat. Cook in skillet over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Place sliced cheese over the patties in the last 2 minutes of cooking, use 1 or 2 slices for each patty, as you like.

happy summer food days!