Sunday, August 14, 2011
Goat cheese stuffed burgers
For dinner tonight I made turkey burgers stuffed with goat cheese and spinach. This recipe uses the turkey burgers I posted a few weeks ago, with a goat cheese, cream cheese and chopped spinach stuffing which I found on nothingbutcountry.com. This is one of my favorite dishes that I've made for the blog thus far. The burgers were nice and juicy and the warm, melted cheese filling made it literally burst with flavor. I'd highly recommend trying these out. They would work just as well with beef as they did with the turkey.
For the meat:
1 1/4 ground turkey (I use the 93% fat free, because the 99% is too dry)
Zest of one lemon
About 1/4 of a large red onion, finely diced
A dash of each of the following: dijon mustard, soy sauce, sriracha hot sauce, salt, pepper, basil and crushed red pepper flakes.
For the filling:
4 ounces goat cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
1/2 a package of frozen chopped spinach
1. Mix the burger ingredients and make them into 8 relatively thin patties.
2. Mix the filling ingredients. Place about a quarter of the filling onto four of the patties.
3. Top each of the patties with another and pinch the edges closed to seal. (I could have done a better job with this, as the cheese started leaking out while they were cooking. This only affects the presentation, not the taste, so don't worry too much if it happens.)
4. Heat the grill or a lightly oiled skillet to medium-high heat. Cook the burgers until they are cooked through. (Because these are turkey burgers, you really need to make sure they are aren't pink in the middle or they could make you sick. The large quantity of seasonings I used help keep the burgers juicy even when they're well-done. If you're using beef instead, cook to your preference.)