So here’s the Better Homes & Gardens story. I used to work in legal. At one point, I was the office manager (and paralegal) for a small firm. I covered the phones while our receptionist was on break, and one morning while flipping through a recent BG&H I decided to enter one of their monthly recipe contests. They were looking for ground meat recipes, so during the 15 minutes the receptionist was gone, I concocted this recipe, typed it up, and mailed it in.
I didn’t give it another thought until a few months later when I discovered a winners’ notification in my PO Box… I didn’t get first prize, but I was one of the honorable mentions, earning me an award certificate and a Weber gas grill.
Given that my recipe had won a national contest, I decided to have a few friends over, and we all tried my now famous “Smoky Turkey Burgers” for the first time:
- 1 lb ground turkey
- ½ cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (about 2 oz)
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- Dash Tabasco
- Non-stick spray coating
- 4 Kaiser rolls, split and toasted
- Dijon mustard
- lettuce leaves
- 1 medium tomato, sliced
- 1 small Bermuda onion, sliced
- In a large mixing bowl combine turkey, cheese, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Shape into four ¾-inch thick patties.
- Spray a cold grill rack with nonstick spray coating. Grill patties directly over medium-hot coals for 15-18 minutes or till no pink remains. (Or broil patties 4-5 inches from heat for 10-12 minutes or till no pink remains)
- Spread mayo and mustard onto rolls. Serve patties in buns with lettuce, tomato, and onion.