Mrs. Regueiro's Plate: Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Smoky Aioli

Friday, October 9, 2009

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Smoky Aioli

Oh man, I love In-N-Out Burger. Animal style cheeseburgers (or double double for you brave souls), animal style fries & that Neapolitan milkshake!! (I'm drooling, are you?) Okay, I'm slapping myself back to "nutrition" and "health" and "calorie-counting" mantra for a better me. This healthy meal felt like an In-N-Out burger, but good for your hips and lips.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Smoky Aioli
Adapted from Epicurious

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 breadcrumbs
4 1/3 -inch-thick red onion slices
1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, quartered
4 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
4 sesame-seed hamburger buns
Butter lettuce

1. Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, shaking skillet often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind toasted seeds in spice grinder or in mortar with pestle. 2. Whisk mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, and ground spices in small bowl. Season aioli to taste with salt and pepper. TIP: Aioli should be made 1 day ahead. **The flavors can also meld together more, it thickens up after it's refrigerated.
3. Place turkey in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons aioli; mix gently. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, then form each into scant 3/4-inch thick patty, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Using thumb, make small indentation in center of each burger. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.
4. Prepare skillet on medium high. Sprinkle burgers with lawry's seasoning salt & freshly ground pepper. Cook turkey burgers, cook until almost cooked through, about 4minutes on each side.
5. In an another medium pan on medium high heat, carmelize the onion slices and bell pepper pieces until slightly brown, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6. Top each burger with 1 cheese slice and grill until meat is cooked through and cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place 1 turkey burger on each of 4 bun bottoms. Add carmelized onions & red bell pepper on top. Top each with dollop of aioli and some butter lettuce. Cover burgers with bun tops and enjoy!

Review: Juicy and tasty, almost as good as a In-N-Out burger...without the extra calories.
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