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Turkey Burgers With Goat Cheese and Grilled Peaches

Turkey Burgers With Goat Cheese and Grilled Peaches
turkey burgers with goat cheese and grilled peaches

Turkey Burgers With Goat Cheese and Grilled Peaches
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The turkey burger has become the healthy default of backyard grillers. And that’s really not a bad call. That’s because a 4-ounce serving of 90 percent lean turkey has only about 160 calories, yet still offers an impressive 20 grams of protein and just 9 grams of fat. Just don’t be tempted to buy leaner ground turkey. It may be fine in other recipes, but when making burgers, anything leaner than 10 percent fat will produce tough, dry patties.


  • 1 1/4 pounds 90 percent lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 medium shallot, minced, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large peaches, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 4-ounce log fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing burgers
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 cup arugula (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, hot sauce, half of the shallot, the cumin, turmeric and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining shallot, 2 teaspoons of the thyme, the vinegar and olive oil. Add the peach slices and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes to an hour.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 teaspoon of thyme, the goat cheese, yogurt and the lemon zest and juice until smooth. Refrigerate. Can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
  4. When ready to cook, heat a grill or large grill pan to medium-high. Divide the ground turkey mixture into quarters and form each into a patty. Use your thumbs to press an indentation into the center of each patty. Brush each patty with vegetable oil, then season on both sides with salt and pepper.
  5. Grill the burgers for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to 165 F at the center.
  6. While the burgers are cooking, add the peach slices to the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Brush the cut sides of each bun with vegetable oil and grill for about 30 seconds per side. To assemble, set a burger on top of each bun bottom, then top with 2 tablespoons of goat cheese sauce, 2 to 3 grilled peach slices, and arugula, if using.

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