Jalapeno Popper Bacon Turkey Burgers

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Happy 5th of July! Did you have a good holiday weekend? Unfortunately the weather wasn't nice here. I managed to spend a few hours at the pool on Saturday and it was polite enough not to rain on my mom's party on Sunday, but it wasn't sunny or all that warm.


We spent the previous week on vacation. Compulsive list-maker that I am, I have to make sure everything is done before we can leave. One of the things on that list is to clean out the refrigerator and pantry as much as possible. No one wants to come home to expired, gross food, right?


The meal plan I make for the week before vacation is usually pretty basic. Very easy meals that don't take much time to prep and use up the ingredients that we have leftover. While the concept of a jalapeno popper burger is not at all new, I came up with this based off the ingredients that would otherwise need to be tossed before a week of vacation.

The only ingredient I needed to buy to make these burgers was the jalapenos. I love when I can do that! It helps to keep the grocery list shorter and the bill down!



Jalapeno Popper Bacon Turkey Burger
Source: Cookaholic Wife Creation
Servings: 4 burgers
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Ingredients:
    • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
    • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
    • ¼ cup onion, minced
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • salt and pepper
    • 2 tbsp. mayo
    • 4 slices pepperjack cheese
    • 4 slices bacon, cooked
    • 4 slices tomato
    • 4 slices lettuce
    • 4 burger buns
Directions:
1. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, cream cheese, jalapeno pepper, egg, Panko, onion, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
2. Form into 4 equal sized patties. (Wear food prep gloves so you don't get the jalapenos on your hands.) Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to cook.
3. Heat a grill or grill plate to medium-high heat
4. Place the burgers on the grill and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, adding a slice of cheese at the last minute of cooking or until just melted.
5. Meanwhile lightly toast the burger buns, then spread the mayo on top. Add a slice of lettuce and tomato and top with the burger patty.
6. Cut a slice of bacon in half and place on top of the patty, topping with the other half of the bun.




If you aren't a fan of spicy foods you can dial back the heat in this recipe by removing the seeds and the ribs from the jalapeno. You can also swap the pepperjack cheese for something milder like provolone or even a White American. I really love heat and wanted to see just how hot these burgers were going to be. 

They were pretty spicy. Not so much as to where you couldn't keep eating them because your tongue was on fire, but spicy enough that you tasted the jalapenos and pepperjack cheese in each bite. 


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