Blue Cheese Mushroom-Turkey Burger with Mushroom-Apricot Jam

We all like eating healthy, right?

Sure, in theory.  In theory, eating healthily is something we Do Because We Want To.  In reality, or at least my experience, we Do It Because We Have To.  Give me a 50/50 bacon burger, heavy on the cheese, thank you, and sorry to my arteries.  But this is the best of both worlds: a juicy, healthy burger topped with an herbal sweet/tart jam and a bit of piquant blue cheese crumbles.  Both the jam and the burger are enhanced by mushrooms — healthy, earthy, and utterly delicious.

Of course, because I am insane, I made my own whole wheat hamburger buns (but you don’t have to).

There are two main components — the burgers and the jam — highlighted by nutty whole wheat buns, a little blue cheese, and greens of your choice.  The smug sense of being healthier than thou is just a tasty bonus  — who needs silly things like health when the mushrooms keep the turkey burgers incredibly juicy?

This recipe makes more jam than you’ll need — store it in an airtight jar or tupperware container for use on toast or as a glaze for meat.

BLUE CHEESE MUSHROOM-TURKEY BURGERS WITH MUSHROOM-APRICOT JAM

Yield – 4 large burgers

INGREDIENTS

Burgers:

  • 4 large whole-wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cup greens — spinach, arugula, or spring mix
  • 1/2 c blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cups finely chopped crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (if pan-cooking)

Jam:

  • 1 pound apricots, pitted
  • 1 cup finely chopped crimini mushrooms
  • 1 large lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

For jam:

Combine apricots, mushrooms, lemon juice and zest, brown sugar, rosemary, and thyme in large saucepan over medium-high heat and stir frequently, until fruit has broken down and the mixture is thick, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

For burgers:

Combine turkey, mushrooms, parsley, thyme, and  egg together.  Mix together until well combined, then shape into for patties.  Heat olive oil over high heat in a cast iron pan.  When the oil shimmers, add patties to pan and cook 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

Assemble:

Assemble burger buns with greens on the bottom, a turkey patty, 1-2 tbsp jam, 1-2 tbsp blue cheese crumbles, and more greens.  Enjoy!

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