BLT Turkey Burgers

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This recipe is another one from my I-love-anything-Rachael-Ray days.  The original recipe calls for making it into a club sandwich, and if you want to do 3 slices of bread instead of a bun, it is amazing!  The first time I made it, I followed the recipe exactly, meaning that my husband and I each ate half a pound of ground turkey on a club sandwich, loaded with rich cheese.  It was WAY too much.  So I’ve adapted the recipe a fair bit.

You may notice that my burger is missing lettuce and I can hear you saying, “Isn’t lettuce the L in a BLT?”  Well, in this recipe, it’s leeks!  You actually cook bacon, leeks and tomatoes into the burger.  But feel free to put lettuce on the sandwich.  It would make it a double BLT (and I would have done it, but we are lettuce-free right now).

BLT Turkey Burgers

What you need:
    9 slices of bacon
    1 small leek
    1 lb ground turkey
    a handful of sun-dried tomatoes, cut into small strips
    grill seasoning (pick your favourite!)
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1 tomato, sliced
    lettuce
    4 buns (or 12 slices of bread)
    cream cheese

What to do:
If you want to use only 1 frying pan, fry up 8 slices of bacon and set aside.  You can do this while cooking the burgers if you are okay with dirtying 2 pans.

Cut up the last slice of bacon. In another frying pan (or the first one, wiped out), fry the bacon until it is brown, crisp and has rendered it’s fat.  While it’s cooking, cut up the leek.  The easiest way is to cut off the tough green tops and the very bottom.  Then cut it in half lengthwise.  Put the flat edges down and thinly slice the leek into half moons.  Transfer these to a colander to wash out all the dirt.  Shake them dry.  Once the bacon is crisp, add the leeks to the frying pan, and fry until they are soft (about 5 minutes).  Transfer to a plate or bowl and allow to cook slightly.

In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, sun-dried tomatoes, grill seasoning and cooled bacon / leeks.  Form into 4 burgers.

Heat the olive oil in the frying pan over medium-high heat.  Fry the burgers for about 6 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through.

To assemble the burgers, toast the buns.  Spread cream cheese on the buns then place the burger patty, 2 slices of bacon, tomato and lettuce.

If you are making it into a club sandwich, toast 3 slices of bread.  Spread cream cheese on all three.  Then assemble the sandwich: bread, burger patty, bread, bacon, tomato lettuce, bread.

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