Michelle's Turkey Burgers with Lemon Mayonnaise
- TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4 servings (8 for kids)
Spike Mendelsohn first made turkey burgers for the Obamas at the 2009 Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. He then created a version for the First Lady; at Good Stuff, he serves it with Swiss cheese and calls it the Michelle Melt. A portion of all proceeds goes to DC Central Kitchen, which helps feed the homeless.
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
- 1/2 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 small canned chipotle in adobo, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey breast
- 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped thyme
- 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
- 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
- 4 tomato slices
- In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil. Add the sliced onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 25 minutes. Transfer the onion to a bowl. Wipe out the skillet.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in the skillet. Add the celery, apple and scallions and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the chipotle; let cool. Stir in the turkey, parsley, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Shape the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
- In the skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the burgers and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until no longer pink inside, 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the remaining 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, the lemon juice and chopped thyme and season with salt and pepper. Spread the lemon mayonnaise on the top halves of the buns; set the burgers on the bottom halves and top with the caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato. Close the burgers and serve.
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