When Cooking With What Ya Got Gets Real. Real Tasty.
I don’t take the weather seriously here in DC therefore I was not prepared for the inclement weather we finally received 50 weather forecasts of snow later. What did that mean for me though? I had to cook with what I had in the house…which was pretty much next to nothing. Nevertheless, my tastebuds were going off for apple pie and a turkey burger or a turkey sandwich so I fused the two ideas somewhat and came up with this quick and simple yet tasty dish. I typically use five spice powder but decided on clove and cinnamon just because.
Spiced Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions & Apples on an Onion Roll…
- ½ pound ground turkey
- ½ tablespoon clove (I love clove but feel free to use less)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I used Vietnamese cinnamon but use whatever you like)
- pinch of crushed red pepper
- shredded parmesan cheese, maybe ¼ cup
- salt, of course
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple, sliced thin
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin
- mini rolls of some sort (Perfect for when you want just a little bread)
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In a bowl, add first five ingredients and combine. Be mindful of how much salt you add as the cheese will add some saltiness to the meat. Patty out meat and place in a hot pan with a little oil. I had duck fat on hand, because why not get my fat assery on, so I used a little of that. Place the patty in pan and cook that bad boy until done. Or however you like.
Once burgers are cooked, remove from pan. If necessary, add a little more oil (I used extra virgin olive this time) to the pan. Add onions. Salt. Cook onions until they take on a little color. Add a little water to lift up brown bits from the bottom of pan. If you want to get fancy, feel free to use white wine instead of water. Continue to cook onions and add water where necessary. Once onions are caramelized, add apples and cook a little longer (maybe three minutes) to soften apples.
Plating/Assembly: Place a little of the onion and apple mixture on bottom bun, top with burger then add a little more of the onion and apple mixture on top of the burger. Top with the other bun half and dig in! 😀
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