Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Favorite Burger. Hands Down.

What? Two recipes in one day? Craziness. :)

I love burgers. Love love love them. In fact, if it wasn't for burgers, I could probably go vegetarian. Although, I have had black bean burgers that are actually pretty darn tasty.

These burgers were the first thing I cooked when we got sorta, kinda, almost settled in the new house. And I thought I would share them with you. I actually did a variation on this burger for the Real Women of Philadelphia competition but this one is better. Promise.

First start by getting some onions into a skillet with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and a spoonful of brown sugar. Saute over medium-low heat.

Now take 1 lb. of ground turkey and add to it the following: worcestershire sauce, chili powder, garlic powder and ranch dressing. Trust me on that last one. Ground turkey is usually 97/3 for fat content so don't worry about adding too many calories. :)

Pat the meat into four patties. Sprinkle the top heavily with creole seasoning.

By now your onions are probably a lovely light brown color. Remove them from the heat.

Cook up your burgers, placing them seasoned side down. Season the top with more creole seasoning.

Feel free to grill your burgers. Since we had just moved in when I made these, I didn't feel like messing with getting the grill back in working order.

Also, the nice char action you get from pan frying your burgers is always yummy.

Add a smidge of butter to your buns, toast them up. Then add the burger, caramelized onions and some spinach. Then I like to lightly add ranch dressing and mustard to my top bun for extra flavor.

And now my mouth is watering. Oh goodness.

Creole Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions (printable recipe)
Serves 4

1 large onion, sliced
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. ranch dressing

4 hamburger buns
1 tbsp. butter

Fresh baby spinach (optional)

In a large skillet, drizzle a bit of oil and add onions along with the brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Saute over medium-low heat until caramelized (they'll look tan).

In a bowl, combine turkey, spices, worcestershire sauce and ranch dressing. Grill your bugers until cooked through (poultry has to be cooked to well done). Spread butter on the hamburger buns. Toast or grill them until golden brown. Add burger patty to the bun, top with caramelized onions, spinach, and your favorite condiments.


  1. So these look great. Do they work with beef?

  2. I will make these Sunday for Father's Day. Looks unbelievably delicious!!! Can't wait, thanks Sarah!

  3. @ Reagan - Sure! I just like the texture of the ground turkey but I've done it with beef before too.

    @Silisia - Hope y'all like them! Have fun partying it up Sunday! :)


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