It’s the third week of sandwich month at Think Tasty, and again I am not posting a traditional sandwich recipe. I guess the truth of the matter is that I don’t eat many sandwiches. I eat quite a few wraps, and then I eat an assortment of sandwich-like items, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. While tacos, quesadillas, and burgers aren’t listed in the sandwich section of a menu, to my mind they belong there. You eat them with your hands, and each is comprised of a filling with some sort of bread or bread-like ingredient surrounding it.
This week I am featuring a burger. With cooler weather arriving, our days of grilling are numbered. Although it is possible to grill outdoors in the winter, I don’t relish the idea of shivering while waiting for food to cook. Throughout September I am planning one dinner a week that is cooked on the grill. Last week I decided that it would be burgers. However, I didn’t want regular hamburgers; you have enough of those during all of the summer cookouts. I also didn’t want too different of a meat, as certain teenagers find ingredients such as lamb, to be less appealing.
Tasked with making a burger that would please all of us, I chose ground turkey. The flavor is delicate and takes to other seasonings quite well. Alternately, ground turkey doesn’t necessarily stay well-formed as a patty without some assistance. So, while I normally don’t use breadcrumbs in my burgers, ground turkey requires that addition. You don’t taste or even feel the texture of breadcrumbs, you just have a burger that stays together.
Finally, I was thrilled with the way the gorgonzola worked in the burger. As it was crumbled and mixed in with the meat, there was a little bit of cheese in every bite. For a cheese lover such as myself, that was quite a win! Add this burger to your must-try list.
- 20 oz. ground turkey, 93% lean
- 1/3 cup panko
- 2 Tb. chopped fresh chives
- 1/4 cup gorgonzola
- salt & pepper
- In a large bowl combine turkey, panko, and chives. Mix, using both hands, until well combined.
- Sprinkle gorgonzola over meat mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix with hands, gently incorporating cheese and seasoning.
- Divide into 6 sections, forming each into a patty.
- Heat grill following manufacturer’s directions. Place patties on heated grill.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
- Serve with hamburger buns and desired toppings, such as lettuce and tomato.