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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BBQ Bacon Cheese Turkey Burgers with Grilled Steak Fries & Fresh Lemonade {Thursday 4/29}

We (typically) only use ground turkey for our burgers, if you don't, not a big deal. I will warn the novice turkey burger maker - you need to SPICE them up a bit otherwise they are very bland...It is a good time to play with your food, experiment and find what spices you like.  We like to add Famous Daves Burger Steak Burger Seasoning (should be able to find in your local grocery store). 

Make your burgers as you normally would.  Tip:  once you have your burger the way you want it, place your thumb in the middle and make an indentation, this will help keep it from bubbling up in the center.  Also for that oh so sought after melted cheese, place a lid over the burger till the cheese is melted.

Top with favorite BBQ sauce, Bacon, Grilled Onions & Cheese, etc. If you are feeling adventurous make it a "crunchified" burger.   This is taken from Bobby Flays Burger Palace and it just means add chips to your takes the burger to a whole new level!  Try it, you'll be addicted!

Have a side of Bobby Flays Grilled Steak Fries.  (This is the first time trying the recipe, so I am sure it is yummy!)  Has anyone been to his Burger Palace, it is a must stop if you are near one!

Bobby Flay's Grilled Steak Fries
(found on p. 91 of his book Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries and Shakes)

What You'll Need

6 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed
Kosher salt
1/4 c. canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper

What to do

1. Put the potatoes in a pot of cold water, add 2 tablespoons of salt,  and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Cook the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a knife but still firm, about 25 minutes.  Drain, let cool, and then cut each potato lengthwise into 8 slices.  This can be done in advance; the potatoes can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 hours or refrigerated for up to 8 hours.

2. Heat your grill to high.

3. Brush the potatoes with the oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Serve hot! Serves 4.

Perfect Lemonade Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)


1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons.
Serves 6.

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