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southwestern turkey burger topped with onion rings

You have to go big or go home when constructing a burger, amiright? So when I was craving a bunch of different flavors I thought why not throw them in and on a burger. So, I built the mammoth mound of tastiness below and I’d do it again!


Ingredients for Onion Rings:
1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk, or as needed
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
seasoned salt to taste
1 quart oil for frying, or as needed

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 365 degrees. Separate the onion slices into rings, and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Dip the onion slices into the flour mixture until they are all coated and set aside. Whisk the egg and milk into the flour mixture using a fork. Dip the floured rings into the batter to coat, then place on a wire rack to drain until the batter stops dripping.

Spread the bread crumbs out on a plate or shallow dish. Place rings one at a time into the crumbs, and scoop the crumbs up over the ring to coat. Give it a hard tap as you remove it from the crumbs. The coating should cling very well. Repeat with remaining rings then deep fry the rings a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

DSCN2635Remove to paper towels to drain. Got this tasty recipe from allrecipes.

Ingredients for Southwestern Burger
1 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup minced green onion, (about 1 scallion)
1 serrano pepper, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons Emeril’s Southwestern Spices *if you don’t have this, you can find recipe here
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 avocado, thinly sliced
Top with:
Slices of Provolone
Mayo & Chipotle peppers in adobo (optional)


Chop up onion (red and green) and the serrano pepper then mix the onions, serrano pepper, Emeril’s seasoning and worcestershire sauce with the ground turkey. Form 3 or 4 patties depending on how big you want them to be. Cook them for about 5 minutes on each side until done.

Top with cheese of your choice (I used provolone), sliced avocado and crispy onion rings. I also threw a dollop of chipotle mayonnaise on there (because why the hell not) which is super easy to make – just toss a couple of chopped peppers and a splash of adobo sauce into a 1/4 cup mayo until it tastes delicious! Once burger is assembled, you have to smash that thing down, then devour! A note: usually I make this recipe in its entirety, which is amazing, but I whittled down the ingredients to simplify a bit. If you have the time, try the full recipe out, it’s one of my favorites.

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