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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bacon Turkey Burgers with Savory Apple Compote

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According to Ryan, our search for the perfect turkey burger is over. Actually, it was over when I made the Kentucky Style Turkey Burgers with Redeye Bourbon Onions and Cheddar. We've decided that from here on out, there's really no real motivation to make any other turkey burger. Rather, we'll keep making these and just switching up the toppings, like we did this time.
Paradise Fruit Company, which specialized in candied fruit, was kind enough to send me a bunch of samples of their products. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to use some of it yet (does anyone have a really good fruit cake recipe? I'm being totally serious! They sent fruitcake mix!)...but I was thrilled to see candied ginger. I LOVE candied ginger (it's good in muffins, yogurt, and blondies) and decided to use it in a savory apple compote. Redbook Magazine featured apples this month and included this recipe, which they mentioned would be great on turkey burgers. They couldn't have been more right! The "applesauce with onions" (as my sister Renatta called it) was a nice autumnal topping for our favorite summer meal.
The candied ginger and the touch of sage give it spicy, savory notes that would pair well with pork chops or a sandwich if you're all burgered out. But really, you won't be burgered out once you try these!

Okay really guys, fruitcake help...?

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Bacon Turkey Burgers with Savory Apple Compote 
burgers adapted from my Kentucky Style Turkey Burgers, Compote from Redbook October 2012

for the burgers-
-1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
-1/4 lb bacon, finely chopped
-1 tbsp + 1 tsp fresh sage, chopped
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-3/4 tsp ground coriander
-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
-1 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
-1 1/4 tsp kosher salt

for the apple compote
-1 tbsp butter
-1/3 cup minced Vidalia onion
-4 peeled and chopped apples (I used Washington)
-1/4 cup water
-1 1/2 tsp minced crystallized ginger
-pinch of dried sage
-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-2 scant tbsp sugar
-salt, to taste

-buns, for serving

1. To make the compote, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onions and cook until soft. Add apples, water, ginger, sage, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat, mashing and stirring occasionally. Cook for about 10 minutes, until apples are tender. Season with salt. If not using immediately, store in an airtight container in the fridge.
2. To make the burgers, combine all burger ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Gently mix until fully blended. Divide into 6 patties.
3. Grill burgers over medium-high heat 4-5 minutes per side. Serve on buns topped with warmed apple compote.

This post is linked to Eat at Home.