It’s the end of June, the sun is shining in 80-degree weather and I’m sitting here thinking about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my second all-time favorite holiday of the year (aside from Christmas, of course) because of the food. Yes, the family-time, bottles of wine and apple cider and holiday spirit is all great but the FOOD! It’s the one time of the year when you can stuff your face with 3 different types of carbs, a 20-pound turkey, endless bread rolls, at least 2 different pies and not get judged…well, maybe judged just a little. Thanksgiving is still 5 long months away, too long of a wait if you ask me, so I gave in to my cravings and brought the holiday to me. Here is a Holiday burger that combines some of my favorite things about Thanksgiving, the turkey, stuffing, bread, and cranberry sauce. Now I can enjoy little bits of the holiday mid-year without completely indulging before November.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
What exactly is the holiday burger, you ask? Imagine your favorite roasted turkey stuffed with stuffing served with toasted rolls and cranberry sauce. Now imagine that in a burger. That is what you call the holiday burger.
Start making this creation by putting together the stuffing. This is a traditional stuffing recipe using your basic mirepoix, a mixture of onions, carrots, and celery with herbs and sourdough bread. If you can’t find turkey stock, use chicken stock instead.
Make sure the stuffing is completely cool before stuffing the patties or else it will cook the patties. To make the process easier, use a ring mold or a 3-inch biscuit cutter to shape the patties, Completely enclose the stuffing inside the turkey patty.
Roast the patties and serve on toasted buns with homemade cranberry sauce. I will admit, the patties are quite big and will make a large burger, but as the saying goes, go big or go home right?
Since the turkey has a good amount of fat, the stuffing doesn’t dry out the patties and adds a nice surprise as you bite into the burger. The cranberry sauce is tart but slightly sweet with a hint of orange and is the perfect topping for the turkey patties. I feel like it’s Thanksgiving already!
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