With Thanksgiving right around the corner (and because I’m a lover of all things turkey) I am super excited about this post! I am also convinced that this will go down in history as one of thee most delicious burgers I will have ever made.
But first, some backround …
I recently visited Chicago and the minute we touched down, we were starving! An hour or so later, we found ourselves at The Fat Cat. We started off with some appetizers that included Reuben Balls, Pork Belly Sliders and Southern Fried Chicken Sliders. The Reuben Balls were really tasty and exactly what one would expect. As far as the sliders go, I would choose the Pork Belly Sliders again over the Southern Fried Chicken sliders if I had to. The Pork Belly sliders were far more interesting, had this delicious cabbage slaw on them and they certainly weren’t something you could find on an every day appetizer menu. And while tasty, the Southern Fried Chicken sliders were a little bit on the dry side, but overall a really well seasoned piece of breaded chicken on a bun with lettuce. I thought it would have be cool if they’d put a little Sausage Gravy on them or a rich and spicy mayonnaise.
Side bar: If you didn’t already know, I’m from Minnesota; and if you’ve ever watched ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ on the Food Network, Minnesota is home to the famous ‘Matt’s Jucy Lucy’, amongst other contenders such as ‘The Nook’ or ‘The 5-8 Club’. Burgers stuffed with cheese is our thing around here and we take them seriously.
But what is truly to note here, while scouring the internet looking for a place to go for dinner, The Fat Cat popped in to my search results. I began to sift through the menu and the name instantly caught my eye … The Juicy Goosey … I knew exactly what it was going to be … A stuffed turkey burger!!
It was worth every second I waited. This thing was stuffed with Brie cheese, had a cranberry glaze and it was on an onion bun. I substituted the sweet potato fries for the regular fries and later regretted the decision (they were dry and flavorless). But the burger was all that really mattered and it lived up to my expectations. I also hesitantly shared with my friends and they agreed, it was a winner!
*If you find yourself in the area, seriously check this place out. Not only was the food pretty darn good overall, the drinks were great and the atmosphere was stellar.
Back to why we’re really here … making something delicious!
When I returned home from my weekend away I was left with the usual task of making a meal for the work week. Naturally my mind was made up the moment I walked in to Costco and saw ground turkey was marked down. I would be making stuffed turkey burgers for the week.
I decided I would put my own twist on things and make a similarly stuffed burger but add a few components to make it Thanksgiving day themed (I was having a serious hankering for stuffing) and add a little bit of my style in there (which usually means heat).
So I found these delicious Jalapeno Cheddar buns from Target and picked up a box of Stove Top Stuffing. I snagged my cranberry sauce from Trader Joe’s, along with my Brie Cheese (cheese is cheap as all get out there) and then decided I would add some caramelized onions to the mix for a little rich sweetness. I also decided I would try my hand at baking my own sweet potato fries to add as a side.
Before you get started on the burgers, I suggest you start your caramelized onions. They can take a bit too really get brown and sweet. **If you’ve never caramelized onions before … Go HERE for some assistance.**
If you’ve never made a stuffed burger before it’s really quite easy. Basically you just make two patties, each a little on the thinner side, put your cheese in the middle of the two patties and then gently press the patties together, pinching the sides closed all the way around to keep the cheese sealed in while you cook the patty. There will be a bulge in the middle, it’s perfectly normal!
*If you’re into seasoning your meat, I strongly suggest using some Season All and black pepper. Just mix it in with the raw ground turkey BEFORE making your patties. I use just enough so that you can sparsely see it throughout.
I finally got to try out my new (new to me) cast iron skillet! It worked great for cooking up the burgers! They seemed to cook a little bit longer than I had expected, but I just kept the patties, using my meat thermometer. *It should read at least 165°.*
You should now start making your sweet potato fries if you so desire. They are truly a great side for this burger and really hone in that Thanksgiving vibe! **If you’ve never baked your own sweet potato fries before … Go HERE for some assistance.**
While my burgers cooked I also prepared my stuffing. Just follow the box instructions. Pro Tip: If you want really moist stuffing, I suggest substituting low sodium chicken broth for the amount of water it suggests on the box.
Once your burgers are done, slice your bun in half, place a thin layer of stuffing on the bottom bun, then about 2 tablespoons of caramelized onions on top of the stuffing, then your burger patty, spread the cranberry sauce on your top bun and put everything together … Voila!
I really hope you enjoy this burger as much as I did! I’d love to hear from you all and what you thought! Please leave a comment or send me a message any time!