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It’s Summer time and the recipes should be easy. That’s what “they” say, right? It all sounds so simple, until you start adding in the qualifiers. There are so many ideas about what easy Summer recipes should be. They should be quick to throw together and quick to cook. They should also taste and look amazing. They should be healthy. They should also be something you can cook indoors and out, for yourself or for company. The whole thing gets pretty messed up fast. I do, however, have a great solution in this single burger recipe. Seriously, this recipe hits all the notes.

Now, I am normally of the opinion that there is only one kind of meat in this world that burgers should be made of and that meat is beef. Occasionally, however, I do branch out and, with the weather this summer being so obnoxiously hot, I’ve wanted a burger on the lighter side.To make that happen, I’ve replaced the normal beef with turkey and added some great ingredients to make the burger patties taste great and stay moist. One of those ingredients is anchovy paste. I know it sounds weird, but don’t leave it out. It’s not going to make your burgers taste weird or fishy, in fact you won’t even know it is there. What it will do is add a subtle saltiness and richness throughout your burgers that, if you left it out, you would severely miss. To top the burger I have chosen Havarti cheese, a mild cheese that tastes buttery and melts awesome, and, instead of ketchup and mustard, my Honey Sriracha mayonnaise. Put it all together on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, and red onion, and you have a burger so good you’ll hardly remember it’s not beef.


Fresh Herb Turkey Burgers with Havarti and Honey Sriracha Mayonnaise



For the burger patties:

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey

1/3 cup finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

1/3 cup finely chopped basil

1/3 cup finely chopped scallions/ green onion

1-2 cloves fresh garlic, finely grated

1 Tb anchovy paste

1/3 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

For the Honey Sriracha Mayo:

1/2 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise

1 Tb Sriracha, more if you like it hotter

1 Tb Honey, more if you like it sweeter

Note: I usually go hotter and sweeter

For Serving:

Havarti Cheese

Red onion



Quality Burger Buns of your choice, toasted

Cooking Process:

Combine all of the burger ingredients, mix thoroughly, and season with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 portions and form into patties. Cook on a grill or cast iron skillet at a moderately high heat, doing your best to only turn them over once. In all, it should take somewhere between 8 and 10 minutes. Just make sure your burgers are cooked through. While your burgers are still hot, top them with a few slices of Havarti cheese. Slather both the top and bottom of your toasted burger buns with the Honey Sriracha Mayo. Place the cheese topped burger patties on the buns, apply the desired amount of lettuce, tomato, and onion, and enjoy!

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