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Cali Turkey Burgers – 2 Ways!

June 15, 2016
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Cali Turkey Burgers – 2 Ways!

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NorCal Vs. SoCal is the ultimate rivalry…

 

All things considered, these burgers are no different!  

We created the ultimate foodie competition using Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey and BBQed each burger to perfection.  

The contest was fierce!

We pitted NorCal against SoCal and the end result is sure to be your two new favorite summertime burgers. Nothin’ but love for California!

 

NorCal Turkey Burger

The NorCal incorporates leafy greens and has an earthy, sophisticated flavor. Feta cheese and caramelized onions are incorporated into the the meat mixture before grilling, lending a sweet, smoky flavor to the patty that works well with the other ingredients.

 

SoCal Turkey Burgers

The SoCal merges traditional, spicy ingredients with a twist on greens. Certainly there was an argument, as with all rivalries, as to which burger was best. Hubby was all about the SoCal; he favors big, bold flavors and the heat in this burger is no joke. It’s not intolerable by any means, but there is a definite warm factor that comes out in the patty and the chipotle aioli.

Not for the faint of heart…

 

Turkey Burgers cut in half

They both were fantastic and different in their own right. They each had their own bold, distinct flavor and I think we captured the essence of each region perfectly. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t make a decision as to which was my favorite! It was like when my kids ask me to judge their artwork. I truly loved them both!

 

Turkey Burger Cut in Half

I challenge you to make these burgers this week and hold your own burger challenge! Tell me which version you like best.  

They really aren’t hard either. We kept the toppings bold yet simple….

So, for the SoCal burger, here’s what we did…

SoCal Turkey Burgers ingredients: egg, ground turkey, blue cheese, sautéed jalapeno, and panko breadcrumbs

Combined a pound of ground turkey with garlic, bleu cheese, sautéed jalapeño, panko breadcrumbs and an egg.

Adding chipotle aioli sauce to toasted bun

We toasted the bun and slathered a simple chipotle aioli sauce (recipe included below).

 

White cheddar cheese melted over turkey patty

Topped with the grilled turkey burger and luscious white cheddar cheese. 

 

Avocado fanned out over turkey patty

Fresh California avocado

 

Red leafy greens added to patty

And a handful of red leafy greens.

 

Additional chipotle aioli on other piece of bun

A bit more chipotle aioli and you are ready to sink your teeth in.

 

SoCal Turkey Burgers

SoCal Perfection!

 

For the NorCal version…

NorCal Turkey Burger ingredients: egg, ground turkey, caramelized red onion, garlic, feta cheese, and panko breadcrumbs

We started with our ground turkey, caramelized red onion, garlic, feta cheese, panko breadcrumbs and an egg.

 

Chopped basil added to traditional mayo on bun

We added a load of chopped basil to a traditional mayo base.

 

Melted pepper jack cheese over turkey patty

Grilled the patty and melted jack cheese over the top.

 

Arugula added to top

Topped with a handful of arugula.

 

A yellow heirloom tomato added on top of the arugula

And a big, beautiful, thick slice of yellow heirloom tomato.

 

Spread more basil infused mayo onto other slice of bun

Of course more basil-infused mayo.

 

NorCal Turkey Burger

And that my friends is NorCal goodness! Doesn’t get much better than this…

 

 

Check out these rival stacking videos and tell me which one you think you’d like better!

NORCAL TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT…

 

SOCAL DRUMROLL…

 

Here are the printable recipes if you’re into that sort of thing…

NorCal Turkey Burger
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/2 red onion sliced thin and caramelized
  4. 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  5. 1/3 cup feta cheese
  6. 1 egg
  7. S&P
  8. 1/3 cup Mayo
  9. 4 T. fresh chopped basil leaves
  10. Arugula
  11. Yellow Heirloom tomato
  12. Burger Buns, toasted
Instructions
  1. Combine the turkey, garlic, onions, feta, breadcrumbs, S&P and egg. Mixture will be somewhat "wet". Form into patties
  2. BBQ on a hot grill until cooked through. Flip over and continue to grill other side.
  3. Top with jack cheese and allow to melt completely
  4. Load up toasted bun with mayo and sprinkle with chopped basil
  5. Place burger on top
  6. Top with handful of arugula
  7. Finish with tomato
  8. Add mayo and more basil to top bun
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This turkey mixture is very delicate. Have patience when cooking on the grill!
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SoCal Turkey Burger
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 1 jalapeno, minced and sautéed
  3. 1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  6. 1 egg
  7. S&P
  8. 4 slices white cheddar
  9. 1/ cup mayo
  10. 2 T. sauce from can of chipotles in adobo sauce
  11. 1 avocado
  12. 1 bunch red leaf lettuce
Instructions
  1. Combine turkey, jalapeno, garlic, bleu cheese, breadcrumbs, S&P and egg. Mixture will be "wet". Form into patties and grill on a hot BBQ
  2. Top with one slice of white cheddar
  3. Mix the mayo and adobo sauce until well combined
  4. Add the mayo to the bottom of a toasted bun
  5. Top with the cheese melted patty
  6. Top with 1/4 sliced fresh avocado
  7. Top with red leafy lettuce
  8. Add more chipotle aioli to the top bun
  9. Enjoy!
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