I love a good turkey burger. Somehow I don’t feel like I’m eating too heavy if my burger is made with dark meat turkey instead of beef or pork. The best part of any burger is usually what you surround it in like cheese, sauces and veggies.
Pears and onions are a nice subtle combo to pair with ground turkey. This duo of flavors along with a few secret spices make an excellent burger topping. Havarti cheese is a great melting favorite of mine, especially on sandwiches or burgers. I like to eat my burgers on layers of lettuce, but for you bun lovers – go for it!
1 pound dark meat turkey
1 onion, diced
1 pear, any variety – diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon dry mustard, I like Coleman’s
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
soft rolls, optional
1. Slice onions and pears into 1/4 inch dice.
2. Next, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and pears and stir to combine.
3. While the compote is cooking add the cardamom, mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
4. Continue cooking the compote for 2 minutes and then add the water and vinegar.
5. Continue to stir occasionally and cook for 4 more minutes and turn the heat to simmer while you prepare the burgers.
6. Gently pat the turkey meat into 3 or 4 burgers depending upon how big you like them. Salt and pepper the burgers generously.
7. Heat and oil a cast iron skillet to medium heat.
8. Place the turkey burger patties into the pan face down and cook for 3-4 minutes. Salt and pepper the other side of the patties while cooking.
9. Flip the burgers over and place the cheese on top. Continue to cook the burgers for 3-4 more minutes or until lightly golden on the bottom.
10. Slice your soft buns in half, if using, and slather with a little mayo and mustard.
11. Remove the hot burgers from the pan and place them on the buns. Dollop the compote on top of each burger and layer with a piece of lettuce. Enjoy!
12. Here’s how I like to eat them!