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 into 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.
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 3 sage leaves
- 2 cups sourdough bread, cubed
- 3/4 cup turkey stock
- salt and pepper
- 10 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 orange, chopped
- juice of 1/2 orange
- 1 tbsp Jack Daniel's
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 lb ground turkey, 85% lean:15% fat
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 hamburger buns, toasted
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare the stuffing. Heat 1/2 tbsp olive and butter in medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add sage and cubed sourdough bread. Pour stock, season with salt and pepper and bring to simmer. Cook until the liquid has evaporated, stirring to mix, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Make the cranberry compote. Combine all ingredients for compote (cranberries - Jack Daniel's) in a medium sauce pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the cranberries have broken down and the compote has thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Meanwhile, make the patties. Blend together rosemary, onion and dijon mustard until pureed. Mix together with the ground turkey and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Place a 3 inch biscuit cutter on a plate. Fill the mold with the ground turkey. Remove the center to make a hole in the center. Stuff with stuffing. Cover with the removed turkey to completely encase the stuffing. Remove the mold and repeat with remaining turkey to make 4 patties total.
- Transfer stuffed patties on a baking sheet. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes or until the turkey is cooked.
- Spread mayo on both sides of the toasted buns. Stack the bottom bun with lettuce, tomato, turkey patty, cranberry compote and top with the remaining bun. Serve.
**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!