Turkey Burganza with Bacon-Carmelized Onions and Apples

Servings: 4

Ground turkey meat does not have much flavor. So when you do up a summer burger using this meat, you really have to dress it up and pump it up. The inspiration for this combo came from ingredients you might use when roasting a whole turkey. 



1¼ pounds ground turkey (white or dark meat or a combo)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Salt and pepper

4 strips, high-quality bacon

2 medium yellow onions, halved and sliced thin (3-4 cups)

1 gala or Fuji apple, halved, pitted and sliced into paper thin strips

4 (¼-inch-thick) slices aged yellow Cheddar cheese

4 multi-grain sesame seed buns

4 curly lettuce leaves and sliced tomato, if desired

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In a large mixing bowl, knead together the turkey meat with the sage, rosemary, and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Shape the burgers into patties, dividing the meat evenly. Set aside.

In a small skillet with Teflon™ nonstick coatings, cook the bacon strips and remove bacon from pan. Leave 2 tablespoons bacon rendering in the pan. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes before adding the apples; cook another 15 minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized.

While the onions cook, place the burgers on a grill pan with Teflon™ nonstick coatings, and cook, adding the cheese about 5 minutes before finishing with both sides browned and to desired doneness inside.

Build the burganza by toasting the rolls and adding a tomato slice, a layer of onions and apple, the burger with the melted cheese and some lettuce.  

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