First off, no this burger isn't named after the Mr T. No gold chains or mohawk here, and this burger will not insult you. Could you see someones face if their burger yelled, "I pity the fool!"? Ya no, not so much.
With summertime here, and the weather being absolutely fabulous, my mind has been 100% on grilling. But you know that after a while the same old burgers, hot dogs, and steaks can get a bit boring. I decided to make it my mission to come up with some twists to the plain old hamburger. I just wasn't sure how I wanted to go about doing it. So I first started out with a list of ground meats that I would work with. Then what kind of toppings sounded good with each type of meat. Then on to the all important task, naming the creation. I of course wanted the names to be "different". I mean who would be interested in making a burger that was just called a turkey burger? Hence The Mr T was born.
Of course planning and naming are just parts of the whole process. I could write a bunch of ingredients down, and give the burger a catchy name, but if the flavor is not there it is just a ho hum burger with a cute name. I am so happy to inform you that is not the case here. This burger is full of flavor and the toppings compliment it so well. Kevin was a bit hesitant about the cucumber at first, but after he tried it he admitted that it really did add to the already terrific flavor of the burger.
One of the secrets to this burger is grating the onion into the meat. You know that turkey can dry out on a grill if you aren't careful. Walking the line between making sure the burger is done all of the way through, but not turning it into a cardboard disk can be tricky. By grating the onion into the meat it adds flavor and moisture.
You could probably throw whatever fresh veggies you have at this burger, but I am pretty partial to the ones used in this recipe. I hope you give these bad boys a try before summertime passes you by!!
Mr T Burger
1 head of garlic, roasted (see instructions for roasting garlic here)
1 cup low fat mayo
1 package Jenni-O ground turkey
1 half onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, grated or mashed into a paste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 slices cheddar cheese
1 avocado, sliced
2 vine ripened tomatoes, sliced
1 cucumber, partially peeled and sliced
2 cups arugala
4 onion buns
Combine the roasted garlic and mayo using an immersion blender or food processor. Place mayo on the refrigerator.
Heat the grill to medium high.
Meanwhile using a potato peeler, remove a strip of the skin on the cucumber, then skip a strip and remove another, all the way around.
Mix the turkey, grated onion, grated garlic, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Grill the burgers for approx 10 minutes on the first side, turn and continue to cook and additional 5 minutes. (Times are approx and based on the thickness of the patties).
Place cheese on the burgers during the last couple of minutes of cooking.
Brush the buns with a thin layer of the garlic mayo and grill them to a golden brown. Top each grilled bun with a burger patty. Then layer the avocado, cucumber, tomato, and arugala. Slather the top bun with the garlic mayo and top off your burger.