Thanksgiving Variation: Stuffed Turkey Burger

Posted by / Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

It’s fair to say that plenty of people in America are counting down the hours and minutes until the year’s ultimate meal, Thanksgiving. Some say it’s better than Christmas — better than their birthdays, even.

Since we’re days away from the big feast (10, to be exact) I’d like to share a special recipe with you today, on behalf of Wildfire in McLean. It’s called Stuffed Turkey Burger, a whimsical play on your average T-day turkey. The ground turkey burger topped with cranberry chutney, stuffing, mustard mayo and served on an onion bun is on Wildfire’s menu, but you can make it at home, too. Wow your family/significant other/friends/roommates.

Stuffed Turkey Burger

For the stuffing (makes 8 cups):
-4 oz. butter
-3 cups water
-8–10 oz. box of traditional stuffing mix (or use your own recipe)

Combine butter and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in stuffing and mix until combined. Cool and refrigerate until ready to make the burgers.

For the Cranberry Relish (makes 6 cups):
-4 oz. Spanish onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
-1 cup cold water
-¾ cup dark brown sugar
-½ cup granulated sugar
-¾ cup cider vinegar
-2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice
-½ t. kosher salt
-1 t. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
-½ t. ground allspice
-½ t. curry powder
-zest of one orange
-¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
-1 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries
-2½ oz. dried currants

Simmer the onions, water and sugars for 30 minutes in a medium saucepan. Stir in vinegar, apples, spices and orange zest. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Stir in orange juice, cranberries and currants and boil for approximately 10 minutes. Transfer to a stainless steel pan and cool in fridge. Transfer to a plastic container.

To make the burgers:

Divide the ground turkey into two evenly sized (4 oz.) patties. Scoop about 3 oz. stuffing and flatten on a plate or wax paper. Lay one patty down and place flattened stuffing on top. Place other patty over the stuffing and pinch the edges together so it’s “sealed.”

Spray Pam or other non-stick coating on each side of the stuffed burger. Season each side of the burger with salt and pepper. Broil the burger over medium heat for approximately 3 minutes on each side. Place on buttered and toasted onion bun. Add your choice of mustard mayonnaise and one heaping tablespoon of cranberry relish. Top with other half of bun and dig in!

Thanks, Wildfire, for sharing your delicious recipe!

Wildfire is located at 1714 U-International Drive on the 3rd floor of Tysons Galleria in McLean. Call 703-442-9110 for more information.

-Julia Harbo

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