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Monday, May 18, 2009

Turkey Burger Deluxe: Recipe

When I worked in the City (of course, that's New York City) often I ate lunch at a diner located on the first floor of my office building. It wasn't very good, per se, but it did the trick on rainy or cold days. However, they made a mean Turkey Burger Deluxe - it was a giant turkey burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and french fries - and it was very, very, good. I suppose the grease on the griddle made the burger extra tasty.

I've never actually made a turkey burger because my husband proclaimed he didn't like them but recently while strolling through the aisles of Costco, I was intrigued by the site of a man frying up specialty turkey bugers - and right there the idea came to my mind. Clearly this is not the same as the diner's version but to be honest, my husband loved it and our five-year old and three-year old ate them without a single complaint. They were moist and full of flavor. If you're searching for a burger that's different from the usual beef quarter-pounder, then try this!

You could even spread a thin layer of olive tapenade to the top of your burger bun for added tangy flavor.

Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers
21 oz. fresh ground turkey meat
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes (not in oil)
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 egg

In a food processor, combine the tomatoes with the oil and puree until finely chopped - should yield about 2 full tablespoons. Place the tablespoons into a large bowl. Mix into the bowl the meat, chopped spinach, egg, and feta cheese and mix well. Form into patties - makes about 6 burgers.

Preheat broiler to high and broil for 6 minutes per side. Turn broiler down to low on the second side.

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