Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Caramelized Onions

Ground turkey seems to be all the rage these days and I’ve got to say I’m on the bandwagon. I love this lean alternative to beef and I try to substitute it into as many recipes as I can. Although ground turkey is a great option, I once tried to make meatballs out of it and it had me yearning for my Mom’s classic beef meatballs. Now for burger purists out there, converting to the turkey can be tough. I understand the apprehension, but, thanks to my boyfriend, I have a fabulous tip for keeping your burger nice and juicy throughout the cooking process. Six words, twelve syllables: caramelized onions stuffed inside your burger.  As you bite into this burger, you’ll be hit with sweetness from the onions and a nice combo of smoke ‘n spice from the seasoning mix I created. I dare you to give this recipe a spin at your next bbq and give your guests a new take on turkey!

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Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Caramelized Onions
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Recipe type: Burger
Serves: 4
  • For Burgers:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Bunch of spinach
  • 4 tbs shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil for cooking
  • For Onions:
  • 1 onion, sliced (can be vidalia, white, or yellow)
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small pat of butter
  • Pinch of sugar, salt and pepper
  1. Heat a pan on low and add evoo, butter, sugar, salt, pepper, and sliced onions.
  2. Cook low 'n slow for about 30 minutes or until caramel in color. Set aside.
  3. Combine spices in a small bowl and sprinkle into meat until evenly distributed.
  4. Divide meat into four patty, then separate each patty into two parts.
  5. Add a teaspoon of caramelized onions to one half of each burger, then top with the remaining half to secure the onions.
  6. Cook over evoo on high heat for five minutes on each side. Add cheese during last minute of cooking to melt.
  7. Serve with your favorite burger fixings and enjoy!
I like my buns toasted and I also spread some spicy dijon mustard on the bun. I find this gives the burger some nice zest!



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