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By Mike Thayer 

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers?  HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Thanksgiving BurgerFor Day 3, it's Thanksgiving for lunch!   This is another stuffed burger recipe, a plate of Thanksgiving Day goodness all in one bite!  The toasted bun was dressed with a brown butter & cranberry jelly, the turkey burger was seasoned with my signature rub and stuffed with loaded mashed potatoes and gravy and the green beans were Tempura battered and fried. It was another dose of YUM!

The Thanksgiving Burger


  • One pound ground turkey
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt or your favorite rub
  • A couple spoonfuls of mashed potatoes
  • A couple spoonfuls of turkey or chicken gravy
  • A handful of fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup Tempura batter flour or rice flour
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water 
  • One egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 stick of butter
  • A couple heaping tablespoons of canned cranberry, jellied
  • Hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey and seasoning salt until well incorporated.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties, creating a well in the bottom patty half for the potatoes and gravy.  Place some mashed potato on the bottom patties, then hit them with the gravy, salt and pepper to taste.   Top the burgers with the lid patty and seal by pinching the burger edges together. Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with some more of that gravy is desired.  While the burgers are on the grill getting happy, heat up a skillet over medium high heat and warm up that canola oil.  In a small bowl mix together the flour, ice cold water and beaten egg.   Toss in the green beans and stir lightly until covered in the batter.  Immediately put those battered beans into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and delicious.  In a separate pan, melt the butter and jellied cranberry over low heat, then brush onto the hamburger buns.  Assemble the burgers and enjoy!   Makes two stuffed burgers and they're Thanksgiving Day plate awesome!

This burger cost only about $2.60 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving" and more, it's Burger Challenge Week!



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