Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Turkey Burgers with Fresh Cilantro Mayo

It's getting to be barbecue season and it's time to head outdoors and grill meals while enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. As you can see, I've posted a few grilled recipes lately and I have so many more to come. I live in Utah, so even grill in the dead of winter, although it's not quite the same as sitting on the patio while the food is cooking.
I love burgers and try to shake things up a bit by making salmon burgers and turkey burgers. Today's recipe is for a grilled turkey burger on a whole wheat sandwich thin with sweet potato fries. What made this burger extra scrumptious is the addition of a freshly made cilantro mayo that complimented the lean turkey burger without drowning out the grilled flavor of the meat. I'm a huge fan of fresh cilantro so I was eager to try this out.
Cilantro Mayo
For the burger, I purchased nearly a pound of fresh ground turkey and formed it into patty's. For seasoning, I just added some salt and pepper to each side. Pretty basic seasonings. I did not think it needed much more as I did not want all the flavors to fight each other. We grilled them on the barbecue on medium heat until done, flipping as needed. Just before they were finished, we added a slice of medium cheddar cheese and allowed it to melt into some ooey gooey goodness.  We then added the mayo, put it on the sandwich thin and voila!! Dinner!

Here are the ingredients for the cilantro mayo:
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1  large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Great Value Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chalula Hot Sauce
  • 3/4 cup regular or low fat mayonnaise

Blend first 5 ingredients in processor until cilantro is finely chopped. Add mayonnaise and process just to blend. Transfer to small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Creamy and flavorful, this mayo had the aroma of fresh cilantro with a hint of heat with the Chalula sauce. It was perfect for the turkey burger and I think this would also be wonderful to baste onto some grilled salmon.

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