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New England Turkey Burger

Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 13 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 burger)
Caramelized onions that have simmered in hoppy Sam Adams beer top our New England Turkey Burger while shaved Vermont Cheddar adds tang and richness to the meat.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 3/4 cup Samuel Adams Summer Ale
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1.5 ounces reduced-fat Vermont white cheddar cheese, shaved
  • 4 teaspoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
  • 4 small green leaf lettuce leaves
  • 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato

Nutrition Information

  • calories 407
  • fat 18.3 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 6.9 g
  • polyfat 4.4 g
  • protein 28.9 g
  • carbohydrate 28.5 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 92 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 597 mg
  • calcium 191 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl. Add onion; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add beer; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes or until onion is golden and liquid almost evaporates; stir occasionally. Cool.

  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  3. Remove 1/4 cup onion mixture from pan; finely chop. Combine chopped onion mixture and turkey. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions; gently shape each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Press a nickel-sized indentation in center of each patty. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes. Turn patties; grill 3 minutes. Top with cheese; grill 1 minute or until cheese melts and turkey is done.

  4. Combine mayonnaise and mustard. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and 1 patty. Divide onion mixture evenly among servings; top with top halves of buns.

Cook's Notes

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