Saturday, September 12, 2009

Turkey Burgers a la Bobby Flay

Do you ever notice when you pick up a magazine and see a picture that looks tempting only to find the recipe contains a ga-zillion ingredients? If I scan it and I have most everything, I'm OK with it. But if it contains far-flung ingredients, I may pass it by because I don't want to buy a spice for example, use it, only to find I will never use it again. I guess I am on this soapbox, because all too often I see this in magazines that I love. And it makes me think that for all the wonderful chefs out there who create all these delectable delights and include their recipes, the average home cook would never step out of the box to try them. So many of us, yes, myself included, often find ourselves being food magazine voyeurs rather than tasters of what most likely tastes wonderful if we took the time. Please don't ask me why I decided to talk about this, but I just had to wax about it for a few sentences before getting down to business. And for the record, I have looked at involved recipe steps and geared them down for ease. Most often, the results are very good. So I consider myself to be creative in this regard!!
As we are winding down the summer in Central NY, we are trying to fit in as much grilling time as possible before the snow prevents us from doing so. Not that I expect snow in the next couple of weeks, but it can turn on us quickly up here. We had snow on Halloween one year!! In the July issue of Food and Wine, there was a recipe for turkey burgers with gouda cheese, a Bobby Flay contribution. I like using ground turkey because it is healthier. Unfortunately I love to make them mixed with crumbled blue cheese! So much for healthy! But they are good and we don't have them that often. So on my menu for the weekend are these burgers. The husband can grill so I am off the hook for that part of the meal and we are going out for dinner tonight! Perfect...all I have to make is reservations. Have a great weekend...remember to eat healthy and happy!

Turkey Burgers with Smoked Gouda
1red onion, cut into 1/3-in thick slabs
Vegetable oil for brushing
4 hamburger buns, split (I am using some really good buns here, with sesame seeds)
1- 1/2 lbs fround turkey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices smoked Gouda cheese (4 oz)
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
1 Tbsp. drained prepared horseradish
1 Tbsp honey
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. (See you can even make these on the stovetop!)Brush the onion with oil and grill until charred and softened, about 5 minutes. Brush the cut sides of the buns with oil and grill until toasted, about 30 seconds.
Form the ground turkey into four 1-inch thick patties and brush with the oil. Season with salt and pepper and grill over high heat, turning once, until nearly cooked through, about 10 minutes. Top with the Gouda, close the grill (or cover the grill pan) and cook until cheese is melted and the burgers are cooked through, about 1 minute longer.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mustards, horseradish and honey and spread on the bottom half of the buns. Top with the burgers and onions. Close the burgers and serve right away.

Make a great big tossed salad , roast some corn on the grill and you have a great meal!


  1. This looks so yummy! I love using turkey in place of beef and gouda is so gouda! ;D

    I feel this way about the recipes I choose to make.

  2. I'm of the opinion that recipes don't have to be long and complicated to be good, but then again my tastes are pretty simple, grins.

    This burger looks very gouda (**sigh** I can't hel0 myself)!! Good to see ground turkey being used in such a delicious way.


  3. YUM, I love Gouda. The sauce sounds great too. We never put any sauce on our burgers. I think we need to start.

  4. These sound delicious with Gouda! One of my favorite cheeses. That's such a unique sauce too!

  5. Your burgers look delicious. Bobby Flay has really good recipes for the grill. These sounds especially appealing because of the gouda cheese which is a favorite of mine.

  6. Wow those turkey burgers look delicious!

  7. These burgers look so delicious!


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