Chef’s Notes: This richly flavorful grilled turkey burger captures the flavors of France with tarragon, shallots, and balsamic vinegar, and is covered with a decadent blue cheese and mushroom sauce. Delicious and indulgent…and still reasonably healthy! Bon Appétit!
Turkey Burgers à la Française
1# fresh ground turkey (NOT the frozen stuff in a tube)
1/4 C. panko bread crumbs
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 shallot, minced
1/2 C. fresh parsley (or 1/4 C. dried parsley)
3 tsp. dried tarragon
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash extra spicy seasoning blend (or crushed red pepper flakes)
Dash of salt and pepper
1 T. butter
1 T. flour
1/2 C. half-and-half
1/2 C. milk
2. oz. blue cheese, crumbled
4. oz. sliced mushrooms (preferably baby portabella)
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 C. fresh spinach
1 medium tomato, cut into 16 half-slices
To make burgers:
Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. (Optional: Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to allow flavors to incorporate.) Shape into 4 patties. Place in lightly oiled grill pan and cook over medium heat until done.
To make sauce:
Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add half-and-half and milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Add blue cheese and mushrooms, and continue cooking over low heat, stirring constantly until cheese melts.
Divide spinach and tomato slices evenly on 4 plates. Place one burger on each plate. Spoon an equal amount of the mushroom-blue cheese sauce over each burger. Top with equal amounts of bacon.
Calories 359; Fat 22; Carbs 12; Protein 30. Calculated at Spark Recipes.
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