Roasted honey brie turkey burgers (for 6 burgers)
I'm on a campaign to convince people that turkey burgers can be incredible. And no, not in a passable way, but actually crave-able. With the right ingredients and cooking methods a turkey burger can be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside just like any other burger. This one shines with melted brie cheese (a treat!) and roasted honey pears. Since the burger needs some crunch, I added raw and shredded brussels sprouts as well as raw red onions on top. Trust me, this'll change your opinion of what a turkey burger can be.
2 pears, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons honey
2 lb. ground turkey
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons butter
~7 oz. brie cheese, sliced
6 hamburger buns
3/4 cup shredded brussels sprouts
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the sliced pears with the honey and a pinch of salt. Roast them for ~25 minutes until golden. Set aside.
To make the patties, mix together the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, thyme, paprika, egg and plenty of salt and pepper. Divide the mix into six even sections, and form each of the patties.
Reduce your oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
To cook the patties, heat an oven-safe pan on medium-high. Add the burgers to the pan. Cook each burger on one side until browned (not just brown, but like crispy beautiful burger brown). Flip and brown on the other side.
Top the burgers with the brie slices, add the butter to the pan and place the entire pan in the oven. Remove the burgers from the oven once the cheese has melted and the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toss the burger buns in the oven until toasty.
To serve, top each bun with a burger and a few pear slices, shredded brussels sprouts and red onion.