Turkey Burgers

"I always like to offer a turkey burger at my outdoor barbecue for friends who no longer eat red meat," says Bobby. "Luckily poultry is a perfect canvas for many big flavors, and this combination of tart goat cheese, sweet Meyer lemon-honey and peppery arugula makes for one outstanding burger."
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 24 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 24 hr
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Meyer Lemon-Honey Mustard:

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

1 heaping tablespoon clover honey

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh Meyer lemon juice, from Meyer lemons, if possible

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Burgers:

1 1/2 pounds 90-percent lean, freshly ground turkey (not all white meat), chilled

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 slices goat cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick

4 sesame seed hamburger buns, split and lightly grilled

Watercress, for serving

Directions

  1. For the Meyer lemon-honey mustard: Whisk together in a small bowl the mustard, honey, orange juice, lemon zest, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. For the burgers: Preheat the grill to high. Form the meat into four 6-ounce burgers. If you are not going to cook right away, keep the burgers cold in the refrigerator. Sprinkle the burgers on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. During the last minutes of cooking, add 2 slices of cheese to each burger, cover the grill and let the cheese soften slightly, about 1 minute. Put the burgers on the buns, drizzle with some of the Meyer lemon-honey mustard and top with a few sprigs of watercress. Serve with extra mustard on the side.

Cook’s Note

If you are unable to find Meyer lemons, mix 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.

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