This burger celebrates the collaboration of our American turkey burger with the bold and delicious flavors of meatloaf. Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat formed into a loaf shaped and baked or smoked. The meatloaf is usually made up of eggs, bread crumbs, salt, herbs, spices, onion, peppers. There are many interchangeable recipes for meatloaf but not as creative and delicious as these meatloaf turkey burgers.
1 tablespoon Colavita Extra Virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt
2 pounds fresh ground turkey
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar or light brown
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons pure vegetable oil
6 slices sharp white cheddar cheese
6 potato buns or other rolls, split
6 thin slices of red onion
6 leaves red romaine lettuce
6 beefsteak tomato slices
12 pickle slices
To make Patties: Preheat a grill to medium high. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a fire-proof skillet on the grill over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic, saute until softened, about 5 minutes; set aside to cool. In a large bowl mix egg with thyme, salt and pepper, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, and yogurt. Combine the ground turkey with egg mixture, onion mixture, parsley, panko bread crumbs, and sweet paprika. Mix together well while handling the meat as little as possible; this prevents it from becoming too dense. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form into patties leaving a slight indention in the center of patties; this allows the final product to be more equal in thickness when finished. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.
To make the glaze: combine all ingredients in a small bowl; Set aside 2/3 cup glaze mixture for spreading on buns.
Heat the grill to medium-high. When the grill is ready, with a paper or cloth towel, rub the grill rack with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place the patties on the rack and cook until turkey if fully cooked, 3 to 6 minutes. The top of the patty should look like it has cooked a little. Flip once and cook another 3 to 6 minutes. Do not push down on the patty because this will release the juices. During the last few minutes of grilling baste the turkey burgers with the ketchup glaze and then a slice of the White cheddar cheese, cover the grill, and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove the patties from the grill and place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.
To assemble burgers: Spread the cut side of buns with the reserved ketchup mixture. On each bun bottom, place a turkey patty, onion slice, lettuce, tomato slice, and 2 pickles. Add the bun tops and serve.
Serves:6, prep time: 2 hours, grilling time: 10 minutes