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