Right around this time of year I get a craving for a turkey dinner…. a nice plate full of my favorite Thanksgiving foods.  But, that’s just too much food on a hot summer day.  I decided to create a recipe that not only reminds me of Thanksgiving but is light enough for summer.  I give you the Turkey Burger with Cranberry Aioli.


The turkey burger is full of flavorful herbs and when you combine it with the cranberry aioli you have the perfect burger.  It’s a great blend of sweet and savory with a lean and juicy burger.

Start by making the cranberry aioli.  Combine the mayo, Dijon mustard and cranberry sauce until well mixed.  It might be a little lumpy and that’s OK.  If you don’t want any lumps use the back of a spook to mash the lumps or whisk the ingredients.  Either set aside until the burgers are done or cover and store in the fridge if you are making ahead of time.

The aioli is slightly sweet with a hint of tart.  It makes a great dipping sauce for fries as well 🙂

For the burgers, combine the turkey with poultry seasoning, onion powder, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Mix until well incorporated, then form into 4 patties.  I think it’s best to cook the burgers in a skillet or on a grill pan over medium-low heat.

Cook the patties for about 7 minutes per side or until cooked through.  Right before the burgers are done, add a slice of cheese (or 2) to each patty and continue to heat until melted.

I sometimes like to toast my burger buns before serving.  To do so, place each bun open face on a baking sheet.  Place in a 300-degree oven for 3-4 minutes.  If the buns don’t have enough “toasted edges” for you, keep in the oven for another 1-2 minutes.  You can skip this step if you don’t want toasted buns.

Place each burger on top of a bun.  Then add a heaping spoonful of the cranberry aioli.  I like to top my burger with spinach or arugula, but any greens will work.  Enjoy!

I serve the Turkey Burger with Cranberry Aioli with sweet potato fries (so I can dip them in the cranberry aioli), but you can serve with regular fries, corn, fruit, Thanksgiving stuffing (why not stay with the theme), other veggies, etc.

The recipe can be found here.

Happy Cooking!

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