Justin is usually not the biggest fan of any non-beefy burger I create; however, this one changed his mind. The secret ingredient...drum role please....da da da da! Bacon! Oh yes, remember how bacon won his heart in the Cabonara Mac'n'Cheese last week? It worked again with this burger. Which, speaking of, I've decided to name after us. A nickel is not what it will cost you to make this burger. Wouldn't that be nice? I'm just the gal who came up with it. Lean ground turkey is mixed with sauteed onions and smoky center cut bacon. The center cut bacon helps the turkey stay nice and juicy without adding a ton of grease. If you are looking for a skinnier twist to spice up your ho hum turkey burger, this one will surprise you my friend.
Nickel Turkey-Bacon Burgers
1/2 lb. ground turkey
3 slices center cut bacon, finely chopped
1 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ketchup
Salt & pepper to taste
Place the ground turkey in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside. Heat a medium sized skillet over medium-low heat. Add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes or until the bacon begins to lightly brown. Add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes or until the onions begin to turn translucent in color. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes before adding the bacon and onions to the turkey. When the mixture has cooled slightly, add to the turkey. Add the ketchup, salt, and pepper. Mix until combine. Divide the mixture into two equal parts. Then, form patties with your hands making sure to make a small indentation with your thumb on the tops of both burgers. Heat your grill to 350-400 degrees. Place the burgers on the grill. Grill for 8 minutes, then flip and grill for an additional 5 minutes on the other side. Serve on buns with all of your favorite burger fixings. I used Shar gluten-free ciabatta rolls for my burger.