the ultimate cheese-stuffed turkey burger

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

Okay, I know what you’re going to say… Turkey burgers are bland, bland, bland, and normally you would be correct; however, in this case we’re going to stuff them with some good cheese, and top them with a special guacamole sauce, and fire-roasted peppers. YUMMY. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For the ultimate cheese-stuffed turkey burger

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • THE GUACAMOLE SAUCE
  • 1/2 c
    crème fraîche, or sour cream
  • 1 md
    lime, juice and zest
  • 1 lg
    ripe avocado
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • THE BURGERS
  • 1 lb
    freshly ground turkey
  • 1/2 c
    feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 jar
    fire roasted peppers, i like cento brand
  • lettuce for dressing the burgers
  • 3 lg
    cheesy bagels
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How To Make the ultimate cheese-stuffed turkey burger

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    THE GUACAMOLE SAUCE
  • 3
    Gather all your ingredients.
  • 4
    Cut the ripe avocado in half, and remove the seed.
  • 5
    Place 1/2 of the avocado and all the other ingredients into a non-reactive bowl.
  • 6
    Use a fork to mash the avocado into the other ingredients.
  • 7
    Use a pairing knife and cut the other half of the avocado into cubes.
  • 8
    Add them to the bowl, and gently fold into the mixture.
  • 9
    Chef’s Tip: Depending on how juicy your lime is, you may have more juice than you need. What I do is save the limejuice until last, and add a bit at a time until I achieve the consistency I’m looking for.
  • 10
    Cover and place into the refrigerator.
  • 11
    THE BURGERS
  • 12
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 13
    Divide the turkey into thirds.
  • 14
    Chef’s Note: If you want a smaller burger, divide into fourths.
  • 15
    Gently flatten the ground turkey into a thin round… but not too thin.
  • 16
    Sprinkle each side with some salt and pepper.
  • 17
    Chef’s Note: Feta is a very salty tasting cheese, so watch the seasoning.
  • 18
    Add the feta to the center of the patty.
  • 19
    Fold in the sides, and seal the burger.
  • 20
    Chef's Note: The finished patty should be the same diameter as the bagel.
  • 21
    Place a pan over medium heat, and add just a bit of olive oil.
  • 22
    Add the burger.
  • 23
    Allow to cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until they begin to brown.
  • 24
    Meanwhile cut open and toast the bagels.
  • 25
    Add a slice or two of lettuce to the bottom half of the toasted bagels.
  • 26
    Place a turkey patty on top of the lettuce.
  • 27
    Add a generous amount of the special guacamole sauce.
  • 28
    Top with some fire-roasted peppers.
  • 29
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • 30
    Add the top, cut in half, and serve while still nice and hot. Enjoy.
  • 31
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
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