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Pimento Cheese Turkey Burgers

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Pimento Cheese Turkey Burgers
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6
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Pimento Cheese Turkey Burgers

Homemade turkey burgers stuffed with a homemade pimento cheese mix.

Ingredients

2
pounds ground turkey
1
cup peppadew peppers
2
cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4
ounces cream cheese
3
tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper
6
large hamburger buns
Lettuce
Red onions
Sprouts

Directions

  • 1 In a food processor, add peppadew peppers to a food processor and pulse a few times until they are in a fine dice.
  • 2 Add shredded cheddar, cream cheese, mayo, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture is well combined.
  • 3 Measure out 1/3 pound of ground turkey and flatten it into a burger shape. Place about 2 tablespoons of pimento cheese right in the center of the burger.
  • 4 Carefully shape the ground turkey around the filling. It's okay if some filling is leaking out but try to keep it enclosed as much as possible.
  • 5 Finish all the burgers before cooking them. You will have some leftover pimento cheese. It's great on crackers!
  • 6 When the burgers are finished, season them well with salt and pepper.
  • 7 Heat a cast iron skillet (or grill) to medium-high heat. Once hot, add a drizzle of oil and the turkey burgers. Cook them for 4-5 minutes per side until the burgers are cooked through and seared nicely. I actually prefer to cook these in a skillet so the filling stays in the burger.
  • 8 Let the burgers cool for a minute or two so the filling isn't too hot. Then serve the burgers on a toasted bun with condiments, red onions, lettuce, and sprouts.
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Cheesy Pimento Stuffed Turkey Burgers

As prepared by Macheesmo,

I like a good burger as much as the next guy, but to be honest I usually shy away from the turkey burger.


They’re so lean that they tend to get a bit dry when cooked through – and they can be a bit on the bland side.

The solution to both of these problems is actually the same: Stuff them with something with lots of flavor that gives some moisture to the burger. My choice? Pimento cheese!

This Pimento Cheese Turkey Burger is going to rock your world!

 

Pimento cheese ingredients

The hardest part about making pimento cheese is finding the right kind of pepper. They are called peppadew peppers, and you can sometimes find them jarred or in the olive bar section. They’re perfect because they have some sweetness and some spiciness.

 

Pimento processed

Add the peppers to a food processor and pulse them a few times until they are chopped.

 

Cheese added

Then you can just add all the other pimento cheese ingredients: sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

 

Pulse this all together until it’s an even texture. Some lumps are fine though.

 

Pimento cheese done

This was my finished pimento cheese.

 

Note that this recipe makes a LOT of pimento cheese. You won’t need it all for the burgers, but save it. It’s great as a snack on crackers!

 

Starting stuff

When you’re ready to make the burgers, portion out about 1/3 pound of ground turkey and shape it into a round disk. Then add 2 tablespoons of pimento cheese to the center of the burger.

 

Burger shaped

Working slowly, shape the ground turkey around the filling. It’s okay if there is some filling showing, but do your best to get it completely enclosed.

 

I recommend shaping all the burgers before cooking them. Then you can either cook them on the grill or in a skillet (my personal preference). A skillet will sear in the filling and make sure it doesn’t spill out all over the place.

 

Burger cooking

The burgers will need to cook for 4-5 minutes per side until they are completely cooked through. There’s no such thing as a medium turkey burger – cook it until it’s done!

 

When they’re done, let them cool for a minute or two so the filling isn’t’ so hot. Then serve them on a toasted bun with veggies like lettuce, onion, and sprouts.

 

Cheesy Pimento Stuffed Turkey Burger, ready to eat

I chopped mine in half just to show off the filling!

 

To be honest, if the filling step seems too intense, you can just use the pimento cheese as a condiment. Just smear it on the bun and call it a day!

 



Nick thinks that stuffing stuff with different delicious stuff is a good idea. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.
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