May 31, 2016

Bourbon Glazed Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Burgers

If you follow along with the blog you know every Thanksgiving we have a family tradition to make Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches with our turkey leftovers. So last time I visited my parents in Florida I decided to make a burger inspired by our favorite holiday sandwich and this is how the Bourbon Glazed Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Burger was born. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did and be sure to have extra napkins on hand- it's messy but good!

Ingredients:

Makes 4 burgers

16oz ground turkey
8 pieces of bacon, cooked crisp
1 large tomato, sliced
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 brioche buns, sliced open and toasted
2 tbsp green onions, diced for garnish

For the bourbon glaze:
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tbsp Saucy Mama Champagne Honey or Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp brown sugar 

For the cheese sauce:
1 cup white cheddar, shredded
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt/white pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix the bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, and mustard together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Form ground turkey into 4 patties and season both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Spray with nonstick spray then add burger patties.
  5. Cook for until browned then flip, spraying pan again.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes then baste all burgers with bourbon glaze. Continue to cook until cooked through and browned.
  7. Meanwhile melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly for one minute. 
  8. Add heavy cream and continue whisking. 
  9. Bring to a boil, and cook for two more minutes, stirring constantly.
  10. Remove from heat, and stir in both the white cheddar cheese and Parmesan. 
  11. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. 
  12. To assemble burgers:  Place a burger patty on top of the bottom toasted bun, add a thick slice or two of tomato, two pieces of bacon {break in half} and then drizzle with cheese sauce and garnish with green onions. Add top bun. 
  13. Repeat with remaining burgers and serve hot with lots of napkins. 
Serve with mashed potatoes for the final Hot Brown ingredient.

I always keep Bourbon in our cabinet and 
sometimes I stock up on these mini bottles to add to sauces and desserts. 
I love using real maple syrup. 
These cute little bottles from Cracker Barrel restaurant are handy to keep for recipes too.
Mix the bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, and mustard together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Form ground turkey into 4 patties and season both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Add burgers to a grill pan over medium heat.
Cook for until browned then flip, spraying pan again.
Cook for 2 minutes then baste all burgers with bourbon glaze. 
Continue to cook until cooked through and browned.
Meanwhile melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. 
Whisk in flour, stirring constantly for one minute. 
Add heavy cream and continue whisking. 
Bring to a boil, and cook for two more minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, and stir in both the white cheddar cheese and Parmesan. 
Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. 
I add traditional {and delicious} Kentucky Hot Brown toppings to my burgers including crispy bacon, thick cut tomatoes, and crunchy green onions. 
To assemble burgers:  Place a burger patty on top of the bottom toasted bun.
Add a thick slice or two of tomato and two pieces of bacon {break in half}. 
How mouthwatering does this look?!
Then drizzle with cheese sauce and garnish with green onions. Add top bun.
Serve with extra napkins and enjoy!
You could even serve with mashed potatoes for the final Hot Brown ingredient.



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