Turkey Burgers with Brie and Apples

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you've all had a good week!  J.D. and I are always looking for new recipes to try for WEEKNIGHT dinners.  I honestly enjoy cooking but cooking on the weekend and cooking during the week are two totally different things for me.  After I get home from work, I cuddle and play with Virginia every moment until she goes to bed around 7:00.  I don't begin messing with dinner until around 7:15 and I'd prefer to eat just a few minutes after I get started.  We LOVE Bad Daddy's turkey burger with brie and apples.  It's seriously one of the best burgers on their menu, and we decided to try to knock it off at home.  This recipe comes together really quickly and is relatively healthy.  (A little brie goes a long way.)  We threw this together while baking some sweet potatoes fries, and it was a nice little few ingredient dinner!

1.5 pounds of ground turkey (lean, but not all breast meat)
olive oil
granny smith apple, thinly sliced
wedge of brie, sliced
hamburger or sandwich buns, toasted
bacon (optional)
1. Heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet over high heat
2. Mix ground turkey breast with 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Form ground turkey into burger patties.  Note that turkey burgers do not shrink up while they are cooking like ground beef does, so make the patties the size you prefer to eat.
3. Add a little olive oil to heated pan to coat the pan; add burger patties and cook between 3-5 minutes per side or until cooked through
4. When the burger patties are almost done, top the burger with brie and add slices of the granny smith apple to your hot pan.  Cover and cook for a minute or so longer to melt the cheese and take the chill off the apple slices
5. Add the burgers to your toasted bun, top burger with apples, a touch of mayo and enjoy! 

To make this recipe really good, add a slice of bacon as Bad Daddy's does.  Sure, the relatively healthy part goes out the window, but bacon really does take this to the next level if you're grilling on the weekend with friends.  If you give this a try, let us know what you think.  This may not be Ina level of cooking, but it gets the job done on during the week.  :)  If you have any other weeknight easy favorites, we'd love to hear!

Also, a little warning, we set off the fire alarm with this recipe.  With a sleeping baby, a fire alarm going off drives me insane! So, have your fan going and watch the high heat while this one is cooking! :)

Have a good weekend everyone! 

~Mary Keller


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