We’re barely keepin’ our heads above water here in the Midwest, folks – it’s been raining nonstop for days! However dark, dank, and dreary it’s been, though, I will take this all day long over the snow my neighbors to the north in Minnesota have been getting continually blasted with over the past several weeks. I can’t even… Somebody send some sunshine our way!
While the grill remains shut under its cozy cover, Ben and I are moving on indoors, culinarily speaking anyway, and making good use of our Griddler which has been such a gem over the past couple of weeks. No outdoor grill? No problem! The Griddler makes grilling Clubhouse Turkey Burgers indoors, easy. (Wish I could say the same about keeping myself from looking like a drowned rat every time I step outside. This, my friends, is the real challenge!)
Clubhouse Turkey Burgers are turkey burgers with a mishmash of flavorful mix-ins like crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and smoky BBQ sauce. I got the idea from the meat counter at Whole Foods, which was selling the pre-made patties for $6.99/lb. Love the idea, but the price tag? Not so much.
My at-home version took nearly the same amount of time that it would have taken to unwrap the package from the fridge, plus I got to make my kitchen smell like bacon, which is always a plus. These smokey, cheesy, tender burgers are unbelievable. Great for grilling indoors or out, plus they come together in a jif.
Wish I could say the same about this doggone weather!
Start the Clubhouse Turkey Burgers with 1lb ground turkey. Ground beef would be excellent too. Now, I usually use 99% fat-free ground turkey breast, as “lean” ground turkey has nearly the same amount of fat and calories as 90/10 ground beef, and more cholesterol, but I made an exception this time since the lean ground turkey was on sale at the store for $2.99/lb. It’s fine occasionally and truly makes for an exceptionally moist and juicy burger!
To the ground turkey add 1/3lb cooked and crumbled bacon, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
Next add 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, to add a smokey, savory flavor to the burgers, and 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs to help hold the patties together.
Mix everything up then divide and form the mixture into 4 patties.
Whether you’re using an indoor or outdoor grill for these babies, make sure you generously brush or mist the burgers with olive oil or nonstick spray before slapping ‘em onto the grates, as the melting cheese and sugar in the BBQ sauce will try and coax ‘em to stick. Brush or mist the uncooked side before flipping and grill for 4-5 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center.
Flip those bad boys onto toasted buns (I dig thin buns so I can taste the burger and not the bun,) then smear on some more BBQ sauce and top with the fresh veggies of your choice!
Clubhouse Turkey Burgers
1lb ground turkey
6 strips bacon (about 1/3lb), cooked & crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
salt & pepper
Toppings: red onion, tomato, lettuce, bbq sauce
- Mix together turkey, bacon, cheese, panko bread crumbs, BBQ sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl then divide unto 4 parts and form into patties. Brush or mist one side of the burgers with extra virgin olive oil or nonstick spray then cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through, brushing or misting the uncooked side with more oil before flipping. Top with toppings and serve on toasted buns.
I served the Clubhouse Turkey Burgers with roasted green beans – so glad to see the freshness back at the store! All I did was snap the ends off then toss the green beans with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper then roast for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Perfecto!
Literally packed with flavor – make sure you get these cheesy, savory Clubhouse Turkey Burgers on your menu ASAP!
Psst! Tomorrow I’ll be on KCCI channel 8 at 6:40am (ish) to share some make-ahead breakfast ideas. Tune in if you can, otherwise I’ll post the video once it’s up!