Monday, June 14, 2010

Turkey Cobb Burger

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Burgers. To me they are the perfect food. I craved them all throughout my pregnancy and love them just as much today. However the same typical burger can get a little boring so I like finding ways to jazz burgers up. I pulled out one of my fave cookbooks dedicated to burgers and made this Turkey Cobb Burger which was excellent!...

Last year I got Bobby Flay's book, Burgers, Fries & Shakes. It's been my fave book for burger recipes and each one I've tried have never failed. His take on burgers is that the burger itself is simply seasoned and the variations lie in the toppings. His recipe for Turkey Cobb Burgers tastes just like the salad only better with a burger!


Bobby says:
Cobb salads occupy a delicious middle ground between the decadent (hello bacon and blue cheese!) and the virtuous (lean turkey, and it is a salad after all). Whichever side you land on, there is no denying how awesome the mixture of tangy blue cheese, salty bacon, creamy avocados, ripe tomatoes, and crisp romaine lettuce is. It's not hard to imagine how good those ingredients would taste not tossed with cubes of cold roasted turkey, but atop a hot and juicy turkey burger. It makes perfect sense to me!
Turkey Cobb Burger
recipe from Bobby Flay's Burger's Fries & Shakes

Dressing:
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Burgers:
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (90% lean)
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, plus more for garnish (optional)
4 hamburger buns, split, toasted if desired
1 1/4 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce
1 large ripe beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 8 slices
1 ripe Hass avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
8 slices crisp cooked bacon


To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic on a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and then whisk in the olive oil.

Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (or 8 equal portions if making sliders). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4 in thick patty and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.

Cook the burgers, using the oil and topping each one with crumbled feta cheese and a basting cover during the last minute of cooking.

Place the burgers on the bun bottoms. Toss the romaine with the dressing and arrange over the burgers. Top each with 2 slices of bacon, 2 slices of tomato, sliced avocado and additional blue cheese, if desired. Cover each burger with the bun tops and serve immediately.

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