Okay, let’s talk burgers. Our first burger was a stuffed mushroom burger, thick and hearty enough to be a meal in itself. How do you follow that up with a burger that lives up to the same expectations? A turkey burger just doesn’t seem to measure up, right? Well no, no, no, you are mistaken! Turkey burgers have gotten a bad rap. They somehow got labeled as a “diet burger” or lacking the flavor of a beef burger. But we beg to differ. This “superman style” turkey burger does compare, and we think it’s quite delicious. Who better to test this theory than our family at a holiday cookout? Our family is full of skeptics, so this had to be something special. We are talking generations of midwestern meat eaters; these people don’t want their all-American staple messed with. Needless to say, we hit a home run. Our turkey burgers, laced with smoky bacon and the subtle heat of Anaheim peppers and onions were the perfect combination. The only criticism we got was that we made them on “tiny little buns”. This was intentional, since this slider burger is designed to be eaten in a few bites. Jackie has always been a fan of turkey burgers, and she has converted the whole family into becoming fans as well. Now the avocado was a touch she gave it, and a few of us enjoyed the cool finish of this topping. For most, a slice of tomato and a smear of mayo was all they needed. If we can please our family, we promise these turkey burgers will convert even your toughest skeptics.
A healthier alternative to the standard beef burger we all love.
- 1 pound ground turkey (we used white meat)
- 2 slices raw bacon
- 1/2 C diced small Anaheim pepper
- 1/4 C small diced onion
- 1 C bread crumbs (panko preferred)
- 1 Egg
- 1 tomato
- 1 avocado (optional)
- 10 slider hamburger buns
- In a mixing bowl, add turkey meat and salt and pepper to taste.
- Dice bacon into 1/8 inch pieces and add to turkey.
- Add remaining ingredients: pepper, onion, egg and bread crums and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Divide the mixture into 2 oz portions. You will get 10 portions per mixture.
- Form into patties about 3 inches wide and 1/2 thick.
- Cook in sauté pan or grill over medium heat until cooked. Try not to press down on burgers, for this will squeeze out all the flavor.
- Slice avocado and tomato.
- Put burger on a bun and top with the tomato and avocado and a smear of mayo or your favorite toppings.