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Gorgonzola Turkey Burger- Flavor in Every Bite

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 15th, 2014 | Recipes, Sandwiches
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turkey gorgonzola burgerIt’s the third week of sandwich month at Think Tasty, and again I am not posting a traditional sandwich recipe.  I guess the truth of the matter is that I don’t eat many sandwiches.  I eat quite a few wraps, and then I eat an assortment of sandwich-like items, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. While tacos, quesadillas, and burgers aren’t listed in the sandwich section of a menu, to my mind they belong there.  You eat them with your hands, and each is comprised of a filling with some sort of bread or bread-like ingredient surrounding it.

This week I am featuring a burger. With cooler weather arriving, our days of grilling are numbered.  Although it is possible to grill outdoors in the winter, I don’t relish the idea of shivering while waiting for food to cook.  Throughout September I am planning one dinner a week that is cooked on the grill.  Last week I decided that it would be burgers.  However, I didn’t want regular hamburgers; you have enough of those during all of the summer cookouts.  I also didn’t want too different of a meat, as certain teenagers find ingredients such as lamb, to be less appealing.

Tasked with making a burger that would please all of us, I chose ground turkey.  The flavor is delicate and takes to other seasonings quite well.  Alternately, ground turkey doesn’t necessarily stay well-formed as a patty without some assistance.  So, while I normally don’t use breadcrumbs in my burgers, ground turkey requires that addition.  You don’t taste or even feel the texture of breadcrumbs, you just have a burger that stays together.

Finally, I was thrilled with the way the gorgonzola worked in the burger.  As it was crumbled and mixed in with the meat, there was a little bit of cheese in every bite.  For a cheese lover such as myself, that was quite a win!  Add this burger to your must-try list.

 

Gorgonzola Turkey Burger- Flavor in Every Bite


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Ingredients
  1. 20 oz. ground turkey, 93% lean
  2. 1/3 cup panko
  3. 2 Tb. chopped fresh chives
  4. 1/4 cup gorgonzola
  5. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine turkey, panko, and chives. Mix, using both hands, until well combined.
  2. Sprinkle gorgonzola over meat mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix with hands, gently incorporating cheese and seasoning.
  4. Divide into 6 sections, forming each into a patty.
  5. Heat grill following manufacturer’s directions. Place patties on heated grill.
  6. Cook for 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
  7. Serve with hamburger buns and desired toppings, such as lettuce and tomato.
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