She’s a Beaut

My husband and I have been working on a major backyard project. Call us crazy, but we had our pool filled in. When we bought the house last year, that was always in the plans. We wanted a yard and we didn’t want to maintain the pool, which took up the entire space behind our house. The removal is complete and we now have a new patio and grass to enjoy the remainder of the summer.

With the completion of this project comes more exciting things, like patio furniture and a new grill! The grill has arrived and I must say, she’s a beaut! I have never been so excited to get cookin’. Since my husband has been even more ecstatic about this new toy, I let him have the honor of selecting the recipe for the first fire! We made Southwest Turkey Burgers, which are sure to be added to the summer foods rotation. The burgers were loaded with peppers, jalapeno, onions and great spices, making them extremely flavorful. They were then piled with pepper jack cheese and turkey bacon, sending these turkey burgers right over the top! I can assure you, this was the first of many tasty grill recipes to come.
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Southwest Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 turkey burgers

Source: Slightly adapted from Rachel Ray

What You Need

  • 4 slices turkey bacon or applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 small bell pepper, green, red or yellow, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne hot sauce, several drops
  • 2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, pickles and other toppings

What To Do

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Chop garlic and veggies.
  3. Combine turkey meat, garlic, onion, thyme, cilantro, bell pepper, serrano or jalapeno pepper, cumin, hot pepper sauce, grill seasoning or salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds then form meat into patties.
  4. Place patties on preheated grill and cook roughly 6 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through.
  5. While turkey burgers cook, cook bacon on grill or if you prefer, cook in a non-stick skillet on the stove.
  6. Place sliced cheese over the patties in the last 2 minutes of cooking, use 1 slices for each patty. Top cheeseburgers with crisp bacon and place on top of bun. Don't forget to add any other condiments or toppings that you love!

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