Friday, March 30, 2012

Turkey Burgers with Cheddar and Smoky Aioli

It's going to be another great weekend for grilling and I have the perfect recipe to throw on the grill - Turkey burgers! These are a bit different than some of the other turkey burgers I've made in the past - the smoky aioli was something new to me and having it mixed right into the burger before grilling added tons of flavor and kept the burgers from drying out.  But, the grilled vegetables on top were the star of this recipe. Don't skip them!

I made a few changes based on what I had on hand. They were made with ground chicken instead of turkey because it was on sale this week.  I also skipped the first step of toasting the cumin and coriander seeds since we don't have a spice grinder. Instead, I used a bit of ground cumin.  I topped with romaine and skipped the pickles. I'm sure these burgers will be on our plates a few times this Spring.

Source: Bon Appetit

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 pound ground dark-meat turkey
  • 4 1/3-inch-thick red onion slices
  • 1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, quartered
  • 4 slices white cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 sesame-seed hamburger buns
  • Arugula
  • Pickle wedges
  • Corn chips


Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, shaking skillet often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind toasted seeds in spice grinder or in mortar with pestle. Whisk mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, and ground spices in small bowl. Season aioli to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Aioli can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

Place turkey in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons aioli; mix gently. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, then form each into scant 3/4-inch-thick patty, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Using thumb, make small indentation in center of each burger. DO AHEAD Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle burgers with salt and pepper. Brush onion slices and bell pepper pieces with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill onions and bell peppers until soft and charred, about 4 minutes per side.

Grill turkey burgers 5 minutes. Turn over; grill until almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Top each burger with 1 cheese slice and grill until meat is cooked through and cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place 1 turkey burger on each of 4 bun bottoms. Arrange grilled red pepper pieces, then grilled red onion slices over. Top each with dollop of aioli and some arugula. Cover burgers with bun tops and serve with pickle wedges and corn chips.


Chris said...

You had me at smoky aioli.

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