Spiced turkey burgers with goat cheese and honey

In a recent trip to Peoria Meat Market, I picked up a ton of on-sale ground turkey, so expect to see a bunch of turkey dishes coming up on the blog. For our first feat, we decided to make turkey burgers. For some reason I was craving goat cheese, so I specifically sought out a recipe that used goat cheese as a topper, settling upon this one from Hungry Girl por Vida.

As the day wore on, I decided I wasn’t willing to take the time to make the homemade cranberry sauce on this particular night, but I took inspiration from the recipe and came up with the idea to add some spiciness to the burger and to top the whole thing with a little bit of honey. My intention was to use the creaminess of the cheese and a little bit of sweetness from the honey to counterbalance the spice of the chicken.

Spiced turkey burgers with goat cheese and honey (makes 4 burgers)

Unfortunately I didn’t measure how much chili powder and cayenne I added, but I would estimate it was about 2 tsp of each.

1/2 medium onion, diced fine
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean, ground turkey
1 egg
2 tablespoons greek yogurt
3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
2 tsp(?) chili powder
2 tsp(?) cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
goat cheese

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, cook the onions and garlic until the onions become translucent.

In a mixing bowl, combine the turkey, onions, garlic, egg, yogurt, chili powder, and cayenne. Mix it all together gently. Divide the mixture into 4 patties, each 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick with a shallow well in the center. Refrigerate them for 20 minutes to firm them up a bit.

Heat up a heavy skillet or a grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the patties with salt and pepper to add a little flavor. Cook the patties about 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping them only once.

Toast the buns if you want. Add goat cheese to the top of the burger and drizzle a little honey over the top of the cheese. Add some spinach to give it a little crunch, then dig in!

The result

I wish that I had the time and ingredients to make the cranberry sauce as in the original recipe. However, the spice of the cayenne meshed wonderfully with the creamy cheese and the slight sweetness of the honey.

I would make this again, possibly experimenting with a different way to add spiciness to the burger to get a little more flavor and heat. I would also definitely consider trying the recipe as written on Hungry Girl por Vida, provided I find some time and inspiration to make the cranberry sauce from scratch.