Turkey Burgers w/ Apples and Cranberry Sauce
Grilled Acorn Squash with Orange Glaze
Entering the weekend, a few buddies and I decided that we would make this week’s Burger Sunday a pre-holiday celebration. The goal was to capture the essence of Thanksgiving dinner with a couple of relatively simple grilled dishes.
Then I decided to complicate things a bit, hoping it would be worth it. A few weeks ago I was browsing A Hamburger Today and something caught my eye. Kenji conducted a Burger Lab to enhance Turkey Burgers and came up with a surprising and wonderful sounding recipe. The short of it is that Kenji’s recipe results in a very meaty, incredibly tasty turkey burger. I backed up my plan by running a blind taste test with my roommate. The complication was worth it.
Armed with a better kind of turkey burger, we brought in a go-to turkey burger recipe featuring granny smith apples and cranberry sauce. The very basic, lightly modified recipe is below:
- Seriously Meaty Turkey Burgers
- Hickory Smoked Muenster Cheese
- Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
- Thinly Sliced Granny Smith Apples
Sound easy? It really is. The result is a burger that is like eating a Thanksgiving feast in every bite.
Second up, and just as easy, is the grilled acorn squash. This one was a completely ripoff from a Boy Meets Grill episode, so I’m going to link and paraphrase:
- 4 halved acorn squash, halved
- Reduced orange juice w/ brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice
Prep was pretty basic, but a little time consuming.
- Roast the squash until nearly done
- Prep the orange glaze
- Prep the turkey burgers
- Grill the squash, skin side down then flip (5 min or until soft)
- Put cranberry sauce over low heat
- Grill the turkey burgers, throw on the smoked muenster
- Slice apples (The thinner, the better.)
- Toast buns (Warm works best here.)
- Construct burgers!
This menu made for a dinner that was light but filling and a nice preview of a week full of thanksgiving grilling! Apologies for not having more pictures… the burgers didn’t stick around for long.