Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Turkey club burgers

I must have been living under a rock the whole of my life, for I have not heard nor have come across a turkey club sandwich prior to buying my latest favourite book, The Burger, published by Love Food. Perhaps Club sandwiches which contain turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato are more common in America than in the UK. The closest sandwich I can think of to the turkey club is the BLT, bacon lettuce tomato, which I will probably in-cooperate into a burger some time soon.
The turkey club burgers are extremely easier to make, and I prefer to make burgers using chicken or turkey mince as there is not the risk of over kneading. I think the addition of the bacon added a crispiness and the lettuce and tomato must have contributed towards 1 out of my 5 a day so it was a winner all around.
Here is how my Turkey Club burgers turned out:
Turkey club burgers.

Turkey club burgers
Turkey club burgers

As you can see, I added a sprinkle of mature cheddar cheese and a leafy salad. I placed my burgers on toasted ciabbata bread, as per usual for a turkey club sandwich. This is yet another burger recipe which I will make again and again, and I thoroughly recommend this cook book for all the burger lovers out there.

Recipe for turkey club burgers
Makes 4
450g fresh turkey mince
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp salt
6 bacon rashers
8 slices farmhouse/ciabatta bread, toasted
2-3 tbsp ranch - style dressing
lettuce leaves
tomato slices
(I always add 55g cooked long grain rice to the burger mixture as this prevents the burger falling apart when cooking).

1) Combine the turkey mince with the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide the mixture into four equal-sized portions and shape each portion into a thick patty.
2) Cook the bacon under a grill for about 8 minutes, or until crisp.
3) Spread each slice of bread with about 1/2 a teaspoon of the ranch-style dressing.
4) Heat a frying pan, and fry the burgers on around 8 minutes each side.
5) Place each burger on a slice of the toasted bread, add the bacon, lettuce leaves and tomato slices, drizzle with a little more dressing and top with the remaining toasted bread. Serve immediately.


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