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Memorial Day Grilling: Turkey Burgers

Memorial Day, already? It seems like we were just cleaning snow off the cars. Since friends and family will be gathering for the long weekend, dust off the grill as usual — but mix up the burgers by trading beef for turkey! This lean option for the grill goes well with the tartness of a Granny Smith apple and melted brie. Incorporating the spicy bite of mustard greens also adds a unique twist to one of my favorites. Standing around the grill enjoying a glass of versatile, food-friendly Pinot Blanc makes for the perfect holiday weekend!

Ingredients: (makes two 8-ounce or four 4-ounce patties)

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped mustard greens (suitable options — spinach, swiss chard and arugula)
  • 1/4 finely diced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 ounces brie cheese, sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • Good quality whole-grain mustard (I prefer Tin Mustard)

Begin by adding the mustard greens, onion, salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix to incorporate the ingredients.

Make your desired size patties, loosely packing the meat together, which will make for a moist burger.

Prepare coals or gas grill, heating to medium high. Apply patties and cook for 5- 6 minutes on each side. After the first 6 minutes, add apple slices to the grates, cooking until just getting soft and grill marks appear. Top the apple slices on the now done burgers and finish with the brie cheese. Close grill and turn off the heat, allowing the cheese to melt slightly for 2 minutes.

Remove the burgers from the grill and prepare the buns with the mustard. I like to add a leaf of the mustard green as opposed to regular lettuce to finish off my burger.

Of course, choosing the healthier turkey option allows for a couple of tater tots served on the side.

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!