I grew up in the Northeast.  For a number of reasons, I associate New England with Thanksgiving.  So I tried to incorporate as many of those flavors as I could into my Patriots burger. For this burger, the patty is made of ground turkey, which I jass up with  several traditional Thanksgiving stuffing ingredients.  The burger itself is tasty, but then to top it, I’ll also make some maple syrup glazed bacon, add melt on a generous helping of Vermont cheddar cheese.  To finish it all off, a beautiful chunky cranberry sauce.  I'm sure you've got some more Turday Day favorites, that we can pile on as well!  Now it can be Turkey day all year long!

Ingredients

  • 1 Kaiser roll
  • 8 ounces ground turkey
  • Turkey stuffing mix
  • Onion
  • Poultry seasoning 
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped carrots
  • 3 ounces of Vermont cheddar cheese 
  • 3 tablespoons of chunky cranberry sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  1. Place bacon on a metal reck in a shallow tray, and cook it in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  2. Glaze the bacon with maple syrup.
  3. Flip the bacon and cook for another 5-10 minutes.  
  4. Baste the other side of the bacon with maple syrup, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Place a well oiled pan over a medium-low heat. 
  6. Saute the onion and celery.  Add salt.
  7. Add thyme and poultry seasoning to the veggies as they cook.  
  8. Fashion a patty from the ground turkey, and dimple it in the center so it will cook more evenly.
  9. Season both sides of the patty with salt and pepper.
  10. Using your hands, combine the meat with the sauteed veggies.
  11. Sear the patty in the pan for 4-5 minutes on each side.  
  12. Flip the patty and add cheddar cheese on top.  
  13. Lower the heat, cover the pan, and cook for another 4 minutes.
  14. Remove patty from the pan and let it rest on a plate for about 3 minutes.
  15. Split the roll, put one half on a plate, and add a good helping of cranberry sauce.  
  16. Place the cooked burger patty on the cranberry sauce.
  17. Top with glazed bacon.
  18. Place top half of bun and cut the sandwich in half.  

Serve with a side of stuffing (Stovetop cornbread stuffing works well here, but use any kind you like).

Dig in!  And a happy Thanksgiving-style Day to all of you loyal New England Patriots fans.

Total Time: 
45minutes
Prep Time: 
25minutes
Cook Time: 
20minutes
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main
Main Ingredient: 
Hamburgers