Turkey Burger with Pimento Cheese

This post may not be as much a recipe as some life advice: Put pimento cheese and potato chips on you next burger.

For me, a burger is all about the toppings. A plain, ketchup-only burger has it’s place when the craving hits, but the best burgers are often the ones with the best combination of a few toppings.  Restraint is an important part of making hamburgers.  Although a burger with everything can be great, sometimes there is just too much and the ingredients all mesh together.  This is my definite problem when I make burgers.  I want to add pickles, cheese, lots of seasonings, mayo, mustard, ketchup, onions, and more.  Then everything just all gets to be a big mess.

But not this time- I purposely stopped myself from adding more to this burger (which I almost did when I went to the fridge for the pimento cheese and saw sweet pickles).  The toppings of this burger are the wonderful southern concoction of pimento cheese, a sweet slaw, and crunchy potato chips.  These are placed on top of a simple turkey burger.

Slightly Adapted from The Food Network

1 cup chopped cabbage
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon mayonnaise16 ounces ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Olive oil
1/2 cup pimento cheese
1- 1/2 ounces barbeque potato chips
4 burger buns

Preheat oven to 350°F.Combine cabbage, honey, and mayonnaise in a bowl.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.  Form into 4 thin patties, about 1/4 inch thick.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook burgers 3-5 minutes per side.  Alternatively, you can grill these burgers as well.

To build burgers: place turkey burger on bottom bun, spread pimento cheese on top, top with some honey slaw, top with crumbled barbeque potato chips.  Place burger bun on top.  Bake for 10 minutes, until all ingredients are warmed through.

Makes 4 burgers.


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