Saturday, March 26, 2016

Caramelized Onion and Goat's Cheese Burger

The first day of spring heralds only one thing in my house - the start of BBQ season! There is something wonderful about being able to cook food over a BBQ.  I also have a theory that everything tastes better when it is eaten or cooked outside.  There is magic in the sunshine, discussion, and wine that makes BBQ season perfect.  This Caramelised Onion and Goat's Cheese Burger is a perfect indulgent recipe that is perfect for celebrating the coming spring.
The sweet and savory caramelized onions are a delightful contrast to the tangy goat's cheese.  You will be wanting to make this recipe again and again.  My whole family, including my onion hating mother, wanted to have this recipe. The zucchini keeps the lean turkey burgers tender.  I love to add vegetables to almost all of my meats because it stretches them further when you need a budget friendly meal and keeps the healthy lean cuts .  I used reduced fat goat's cheese and light whole wheat buns to keep this burger light.

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Caramelised Onion and Goat's Cheese Turkey Burger
Servings: 6 ★ Size: 1 burger ★ 
Smart Points: 8 ★ Points Plus: 8 ★ Calories: 306 ★ Total Fat: 14 g ★ Saturated Fat: 4 g ★ Protein: 27 g ★ Carbohydrates: 21 g ★ Fiber: 3 g ★ Sugars: 4 g ★ Sodium: 417 mg ★ Cholesterol: 77 mg

· 20 ounces (570 g) ground turkey, 93% lean
· 1 medium zucchini, coarsely grated
· 3 cloves garlic, minced
· 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves only
· 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
· 4 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
· 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 
· 1 teaspoon brown sugar
· 9 ounces (255 g) goat's cheese, reduced-fat
· 6 light hamburger rolls

1. Squeeze any excess liquid from the grated zucchini.  In a medium mixing bowl place the ground turkey, zucchini, garlic, thyme, and crushed red pepper.  Add a little salt and pepper to season and mix well.  Form into 6 equal burger patties.  Grill the burgers on a medium heat for 18-20 minutes until all pink is removed.
2. While the burgers are grilling, spray a large frying pan with non-stick spray.  Cook the onions slowly over a medium heat stirring very frequently.  They will transition from a white, to clear, to a light brown, and finally to a darker brown. This will take around 15 minutes. When they reach a dark brown add the brown sugar and fresh thyme. Cook the onions for 1 additional minute.  
3. Serve the burgers on a light bun topped with the caramelized onions and 1 1/2 ounces of goat's cheese each.  I added lettuce and tomatoes to mine. They are wonderful!

Perfect weeknight dinner that is ready in 30 minutes.

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