Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Pepper & Onion Relish

Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Pepper & Onion Relish

This is a delicious alternative to regular hamburgers on the grill. I like to serve it with some red potato and haricot vert salad for a great, simple summer meal.

makes six servings

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 pounds ground turkey
1 cup seasoned store bought breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

6 whole wheat sandwich buns
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
6 ounces soft, fresh plain or herbed goat cheese
1 recipe Pepper & Onion Relish ( recipe follows)

to make the burgers:
Heat the butter and oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender, 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a large bowl, and allow to come to room temperature. Add the remaining burger ingredients to the bowl, and blend with your hands until well combined. Divide into six equal portions and shape into patties. 

Prepare the barbecue to medium-high heat and cover the grill with aluminum foil. Cook the burgers with the grill cover on for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Turn the burgers and cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes, until cooked through (no longer pink). Transfer to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on the bottom half of each bun, and 2 tablespoons of goat cheese on the top half. Top each burger with 1/4 cup of the relish, place the burger on the bun, and serve immediately!

pepper & onion relish:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cups coarsely chopped mixed yellow and red bell peppers
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped Vidalia onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil and butter in a  medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the peppers, onion, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This can be made ahead and reheated, but should be served warm.
( it’s also really good on a chicken or steak sandwich or on crostini - I usually make a double batch and put it in the fridge )