turkey spinach bacon cheddar burgers

I’m not really a burger kind of gal.

turkey spinach bacon cheddar burgers

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But it was an absolute scorcher today and I wanted nothing to do with my oven. Yes…it’s May 26 in Toronto and I said absolute scorcher. I know, us Canadians like to complain about our long, cold winters and the first near 30 degree Celsius day and we’re all hiding in the air conditioning. Aren’t we adorable?

turkey bacon spinach cheddar burger pattie

I’m learning to love burgers though. In the past, I was turned off by their heavy, puck-like weight and the I’m-so-stuffed-I-need-to-lie-down feeling that came with them. Not to mention, they’re kinda messy. But I’ve gotten a bit (not really) more sophisticated in my years and on the second note, I think ground turkey is a great alternative. With some creative flavor combinations, I promise you won’t even miss your old beef stand-by.

And what tops off a burger nicely? BACON. Or, in the case of a turkey burger – turkey bacon!  This creamy mix of sour cream, aged cheddar and crispy turkey bacon just melt atop the hot burger patty…yum.

turkey spinach bacon cheddar burgers

A few fresh spinach leaves and slices of cucumber are all you need to make this bun-o-love complete.

turkey spinach bacon cheddar burger stack

 

turkey spinach bacon cheddar burgers
Yields 8
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For the burgers
  1. 2 pounds of extra lean, ground turkey
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  4. 1/2 cup panko
  5. 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  6. 1 300g pkg of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  9. burger buns
  10. spinach leaves
  11. cucumber slices
For the spread
  1. 1/2 cup sour cream
  2. 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  3. 6 slices of turkey bacon, cooked crisp and roughly chopped (I use Lilydale Turkey Bacon)
For the burgers
  1. Fire up the grill!
  2. Add the turkey, eggs, garlic, panko, olive oil, spinach, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Gently mix with your hands until just combined and form into 8 equal-sized patties.
  3. WASH YOUR HANDS.
  4. Add the patties to the grill and cook until nicely browned with grill marks on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Remove from heat and cover until ready to serve.
For the spread
  1. Combine sour cream, cheddar cheese, paprika and turkey bacon in a small bowl. Mix until combined.
  2. Assemble the burgers with the buns, spread, spinach and cucumbers and/or any other favourite toppings. Serve and enjoy!
BURGER TIPS
  1. Do not overwork the turkey mixture or else your burgers will be tough.
  2. Make your patty with an indentation in the center - it keeps them from bulging in the middle and it will nicely accommodate the bun.
  3. Simple!
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