TURKEY PORTABELLINI MUSHROOM BURGERS

Who doesn't love a good burger? I honestly do not know a single person that can say no to that tantalizing picture. What makes these burgers particularly special is that they have tons of thinly sliced portabellini mushrooms all throughout the inside of the burger. Now for those of you that think I'm making a spelling error here... portabellini mushrooms are portabello mushrooms that are smaller in size, but larger than cremini mushrooms. They still have that same meaty texture but don't bleed the black colour throughout the food, which I like. I also added a good spoonful of barbeque sauce into the meat to really flavour it through and through. Grill it up and you have a burger fit for any backyard barbeque. Enjoy!

Makes 5-6 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • coarse salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 6 portabellini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup smokey barbeque sauce or ketchup
  • several dashes of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of onion, minced finely
  • handful of Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 6 slices of monterey jack cheese (or other melting cheese)
  • 6 Italian style burger buns, lightly toasted

Optional Toppings: tomato slices, sweet onion slices, pickle slices, lettuce leaves, ketchup, mustard, hot pepper rings, relish

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, salt, pepper, sliced portabellini mushrooms, barbeque sauce, hot sauce, chopped onion, and breadcrumbs. Using your clean hands, gently mix the turkey mixture through. Make sure not to over mix the meat to ensure that the meat stays moist and tender.

Shape the turkey mixture into 5-6 burger patties, making sure to place wax paper in between each patty. Place the burger patties into the fridge for a good 30 minutes to firm up a bit. Turn on your grill or heat up a cast iron skillet, lightly oil the grill or skillet to prevent sticking, and cook the burgers through. This should take about 6-7 minutes per side.

Once you flip the burgers make sure to add the cheese and let it melt slowly. Lightly toast the burger buns and once the burgers have finished cooking, start to layer your burger the way you like it. Serve it along side a nice simple salad.

Note: If you wish you could substitute any mushrooms that you like. Cremini mushrooms are a good substitute.

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