grilled turkey burgers with cheddar and smoky aioli

A confession: I’ve always thought of the turkey burger as beef burger’s dorky, scrawny cousin.  The cousin that tries really hard to do everything that its cooler, beefier cousin does (“Look! You can grill me, too! See? See?!”).  Sure, turkey burger might *technically* be able to do what beef burger does, but, I find, in a generally less successful, less graceful way.

That is, until I had the pleasure of eating the Grand Poobah of all turkey burgers: Bon Appetit’s Grilled Turkey Burger with Cheddar and Smoky Aioli.  Where many t-burgers are flavorless (due to the use of lean ground turkey), this baby dares you to forget about calories and embrace the dark meat.  Plain mayonnaise?  Pfffft. You slather this burger with a mayonnaise that’s mingled with smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, and fresh garlic.

And that isn’t even the end of it. This burger also includes sharp white cheddar and roasted red pepper and red onion.  Each bite covers myriad flavors and is oh, so satisfying.

I made a *few* alterations to this recipe to make up for my lack of a grill, cooking the burgers on a grill pan and roasting the veggies under the broiler for about 20 minutes.  I can only imagine how much more amazing these would’ve been straight from the open flame.

So stop putting turkey burgers in the corner and give ’em a try.  You won’t be sorry.

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