Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cheddar and Smoky Aioli

Cover recipe- Bon Appetit, Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cheddar and Smoky Aioli: August 2009

I love this cover of Bon Appetit… just a simple photograph of this really delicious-looking burger, labeled with the title of being The Ultimate Turkey Burger.  That’s a pretty big title to live up to, right?  This recipe was placed into a section of the magazine called, “fast easy fresh,” quick dishes for every-night cooking from the Bon Appetit test kitchen.

I’ve tried so many different burger recipes, and many of them have been turkey burgers.  I was pretty excited to try this “ultimate” version- Turkey Burgers with Cheddar and Smoky Aioli– to see if it was the real deal.   A simple Moroccan-spiced aioli is mixed in with the ground turkey to keep the burgers moist and give them tons of flavor.  A Healthy Bites tip shares that cumin seeds (in the turkey burger’s aioli) are a good source of iron and magnesium. Research has also shown that they aid digestion.  See my notes below to see if my family thought this burger lived up to its promise of being “ultimate.”

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Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Smoky Aioli

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 min + chill time

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 pound ground dark-meat turkey
4 (1/3-inch-thick) red onion slices
1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, quartered
4 slices white cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
4 sesame-seed hamburger buns
arugula
pickle wedges
corn chips

Directions:

1.  Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, shaking skillet often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind toasted seeds in spice grinder or in mortar with pestle. Whisk mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, and ground spices in small bowl. Season aioli to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Aioli can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
2. 
Place turkey in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons aioli; mix gently. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, then form each into scant 3/4-inch-thick patty, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Using thumb, make small indentation in center of each burger. DO AHEAD Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
3. 
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle burgers with salt and pepper. Brush onion slices and bell pepper pieces with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill onions and bell peppers until soft and charred, about 4 minutes per side.
4.  Grill turkey burgers 5 minutes. Turn over; grill until almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Top each burger with 1 cheese slice and grill until meat is cooked through and cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place 1 turkey burger on each of 4 bun bottoms. Arrange grilled red pepper pieces, then grilled red onion slices over. Top each with dollop of aioli and some arugula. Cover burgers with bun tops and serve with pickle wedges and corn chips.

Tips:

*I don't have a spice grinder, but a mortar and pestle worked just fine in grinding the seeds.
*Dark meat turkey was nowhere to be found in my market.  I went with Jennie-O ground turkey, but I didn't get the leanest kind.
*I opted for sharp white cheddar cheese.
*One pound of ground turkey was a little bit skimpy for this recipe.  I would have liked my burgers to be more substantial.  I'd probably toss in more ground turkey next time.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 burger
Calories per serving: 657
Fat per serving: 45g
Saturated Fat per serving: 10g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 36g
Cholesterol per serving: 109mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 24g

Source:  Bon Appetit, August 2009

The results:

I loved everything about this burger… from the grilled vegetables and spicy arugula to the smoky aoili and the spices in the burger too… so good. I couldn’t stop tasting the aioli… it was delicious! Was it the “Ultimate” turkey burger?  Definitely, maybe.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes!  What a wonderful recipe to celebrate the summer season.  It was refreshing to see a burger with a bit of alternative spice incorporated into the sauce, and the addition of grilled veggies made it phenomenal.

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.

10 Responses to “Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts”

  1. 1

    Erin — February 8, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    I made these last week after getting the mag in the mail. So incredibly delicious!

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    Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — February 8, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    I made these same brownies and for grins also did my own mimic of the cover shoot. Not crazy about the photo (sun bouncing off of snow adds yet another element to my photo studio/dining room conundrum) but crazy about the brownies.

    I agree with Susan it’s best to use a good cocoa but I had no problem mixing them with a whisk at all; as a matter of fact that was one of the benefits..keeping cleanup to a minimum. I took mine out early but that’s a standard in Denver; high altitude and dry typically shortens most baking times. I read the reviews at Bon Appetit; seems the people not fond of them wanted a more cakelike result. Without leavening, that won’t happen so expect a gooey result and you won’t be disappointed!

    I added a Tablespoon of dried espresso and have to say, in the spirit of Emeril, I do think it kicked them up a notch and resulted in a very adult and not overly sweet brownie that we all loved.

  3. 3

    Ashton Keefe — February 8, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    These brownies are outrageous! I left out the walnuts but killer brownies.

  4. 4

    Kelly — February 8, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I may or may not have just licked my screen. Ok NOT, but I wanted to! These look so good and I love how simple the ingredient list is – stuff I always have on hand. I’m definitely going to give this one a try!

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    Jenny Flake — February 11, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Oooooo, I could go for those today, looks great Lori!

  6. 6

    Maria — February 11, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I am going to try these, but I will have to leave the walnuts out:)

  7. 7

    Tracy — February 11, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    I don’t know why I haven’t made these yet, either. They look incredible!

  8. 8

    Jessica — February 11, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Those look absolutely decadent, LOVE!

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    Cathy/ShowFoodChef — February 11, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    I wish my monitor had a swipe and lick app for that picture. I got the mag last week, but this is what will make me try them. Mmmm.

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 14, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    I have these babies bookmarked. Now I really want to make them!

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