As I was daydreaming about turkey burgers (I’m serious, this really happened), I thought about Thanksgiving… and how I love cranberries and turkey… and how great it would be to have those flavors in a turkey burger. Which lead to the genius idea of putting dried cranberries into a turkey burger and making home-made cranberry sauce to drizzle on top. How good does that sound?! This dream was quickly shattered when the grocery store had no cranberries… not even frozen. Talk about disappointment…I know its not cranberry season, but I thought I could find them!
While I sadly walked through the cheese aisle, a woman stopped me to tell me about her favorite cheese, which turned out to be a goat cheddar. So, I bought some to make myself feel better, figuring that I could still have a good turkey burger since it would be topped with cheese. Then when I got home, I noticed a massive bag of dried cherries and a second inspiration was born! Dried Cherry Turkey Burgers! And they are simply delicious!
The mixture of onion, spices, and cherries makes this my favorite turkey burger to date! I love how the dried cherries enhance each bite with a warm, sweet, and juicy cherry flavor. The dried cherries soften up and accompany the ground turkey so well. The flavors are just wonderful. This whole meal is such a treat… especially because its mostly Paleo (minus the cheese). If you don’t put the cheese on top, it still tastes delicious and is 100% Paleo.
I just had to buy that goat cheddar though… it was almost fate. As I mentioned, the woman working by the cheese aisle stopped me and starting talking about her favorite cheese. I was about to be like thanks, but no thanks, but before I could speak… she started talking about how this cheese was a “clean” goat cheese that many people with dietary restrictions eat. How did she know that I would want that? I was sold and I do have to say it’s awesome! Its called Murray’s Naked Goat Cheese and it has the texture of an aged cheddar. Perfect for burgers!
I still need to do more research into how goat’s milk cheeses are “cleaner” than other cheeses. But what I do know is that goat cheese is “primal”. In Mark’s Daily Apple, a primal living blog, he mentions that goat’s milk has less lactose in it and causes less digestive issues. Which makes sense because I know a few people who have problems digesting cow’s milk and cheeses, but are fine with goat cheese. When my sister was young, she had so many allergies… and goats milk and meat were the only things that she could eat for a while… makes one think. I’m going to do more research and get back to you on this topic.
I ate my Dried Cherry Turkey Burger with sweet potato fries and some Paleo Sweet and Spicy Sauce… three matches made in heaven!
Now don’t think that I forgot about the dried cranberry turkey burgers with cranberry sauce on top… I will make those as soon as possible! So be on the look out for them on here soon.
- 16 ounces ground turkey meat ( 93% lean and all natural turkey meat)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp paprika
- black pepper and salt to taste
- ¼ cup of dried cherries
- ¼ cup of diced onion
- 2-4 slices of Murray's Naked Goat Cheese
- Use food processor to dice onion.
- Mix the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper in a bowl.
- Pour on top of ground turkey and mix well.
- Add the diced onion and dried cherries to the ground beef and mix the seasoning well into the raw ground meat.
- Form 3 turkey patties.
- Heat 1 tsp olive oil on a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Cook for 4 minutes, flip and then cover with a lid.
- Flip every 4 minutes and leave covered for about 10 more minutes. (until golden brown and done in the center).
- To grill the cheese, place it on the pan that the burger was cooked in and slide around until it melts a bit and then place it on the burger.