I never thought I would be writing about turkey burgers. How boring. I’ve never ordered a turkey burger at a restaurant, or really like them that much. The idea of a “healthy” version of anything that is normally delicious tends to make me roll my eyes. But on a recent grocery shopping trip, my husband suggested that we ( meaning, I) make them for dinner. Instead of turning my nose up to such a non-traditional burger idea, I saw it as a challenge. How can I make this low-fat concept into something completely mouthwatering and delicious? Homemade aioli, avocado, caramelized onions, bacon and a perfectly ripe California avocado came to mind. Oh, and don’t forget the toasted brioche bun.
Turkey Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Onions, Avocado, Bacon and Spicy Aioli
- 1 lb ground turkey (preferably dark meat)
- 3 small shallots, quartered
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- 4 0z Spanish Manchego, thinly sliced.
- 1 small avocado, sliced lengthwise
- 1 medium red onion
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon
- 1 egg yolk
- 3/4 cup olive, grape seed or vegetable oil blend
- 1 small lemon, for juicing
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (or other big flaky salt)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 Brioche buns, cut in half
Lay the bacon flat in a large skillet. Place the skillet over medium-low heat and cook bacon until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on desired crispness. Remove from pan with tongs and place on a paper-towel covered plate.
To make the caramelized onions, melt the butter in large skillet. Add the sliced red onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until very soft and tender. This will take about 20 minutes. Turn heat to low and keep warm while you make the burgers.
Place the shallots, 1 clove of garlic and parsley leaves in a food processor and pulse until chopped.