There's nothing like a good burger, only they usually come with a heaping side of guilt from all the fat and calories they pack. Ground turkey is a great substitute, and when it's seasoned and dressed well, it's as good as, if not better, than beef any day.
Rachael Ray has a great recipe for a Deluxe Turkey Club Burger that contains some wonderful spices and flavors a creamy ranch sauce, some crunchy vegetables, and bacon. Together, they make one incredible burger. It's certainly not guilt-free, but you can modify it to cut some of the fat if you like.
She cooks hers in a pan on the stove, but I think they taste much better on the grill. (Doesn't everything?)
Deluxe Turkey Club Burgers
- 12 slices bacon (you can also substitute turkey bacon)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
- 2 pounds ground turkey, 93% or 85% lean
- 4 cloves garlic, pasted or minced
- 3-4 tablespoons grated onion
- 2 teaspoons cumin (2/3 palmful)
- 2 teaspoons coriander (2/3 palmful)
- Salt and pepper
For the ranch dressing:
- 1 1/2 cups regular or low fat sour cream
- About 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- About 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- About 1 tablespoon each finely chopped dill, parsley and chives (about 1/4 cup total)
- Salt and pepper
- 12 slider rolls, such as brioche dinner rolls, split, or 6 hamburger rolls
- Shredded or chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
- Sliced plum or vine-ripened tomatoes
- Thinly sliced radishes
- (A Slice of cheese is a nice addition as well)
Pre-heat oven to 375ºF. Place the bacon on a rack arranged over a baking sheet or on a slotted broiler pan and bake until crisp; reserve.
Place the oil, about 2 tablespoons, in a bowl with the turkey, garlic, grated onion, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Form six large patties or 12 slider-size patties, making them a bit thinner at the center than the edges for even cooking and a flat, even appearance once cooked. (Or just throw them on the grill until they're cooked thoroughly.)
For the ranch dressing, combine the sour cream with lemon juice, hot sauce, herbs, salt and pepper. Taste to adjust the seasonings.
Heat a griddle, grill pan or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Cook large patties for 5-6 minutes on each side, or slider patties for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Serve the burgers on buns topped with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes and some dressing.
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