Grilled Turkey Burger

This one is from epicurious…. it was awesome!  It reminded me of Bonnie Stern’s Charmoula Chicken, but it was in a burger form.   My only complaint was that the burgers kind of fell apart on the grill, I was wondering if  that would happen, since it had no egg in it, and I was right.  But I was able to salvage them, before they fell through the grates!

Grilled Turkey Burger

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 pound ground dark-meat turkey
4 1/3 -inch-thick red onion slices
1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, quartered
4 slices cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
4 hamburger buns

Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, shaking skillet often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind toasted seeds in mortar with pestle.

Whisk mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, and ground spices in small bowl. Season aioli to taste with salt and pepper.

Place turkey in medium bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons aioli; mix gently. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, then form each into scant 3/4-inch thick patty, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Using thumb, make small indentation in center of each burger.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush onion slices and bell pepper pieces with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill onions and bell peppers until soft and charred, about 4 minutes per side.
Grill turkey burgers 5 minutes. Turn over; grill until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Top each burger with cheese and grill until meat is cooked through and cheese melts, about 1 minute longer. Place burger on bun , top with grilled pepper and red onion slices and a dollop of aioli.  Serve and enjoy!


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