Turkey Burgers with Spicy Pickle Sauce

Last night, once halftime hit in the U.S. v Ghana game we decided it was time for some dinner.  Not wanting to miss a minute of the game,  we quickly assembled some ground turkey into burger patties with a few spices, cut up a red pepper and Joe threw everything on the grill while I made a spicy pickle sauce dotted with fresh herbs.  The sauce and turkey burgers were very easy to make ( and ready to eat in less than twenty minutes) and delicious, perfect for World Cup watching or your Fourth of July cookout.   The cool sauce reminded me of tzatziki sauce with a spicy kick and pickle flavor. It would be a great sandwich spread or even a chip dip.  Picture 090These recipes are number fourteen and fifteen in my countdown of thirty recipes to feed your family and friends this July 4th.  You can find all of the recipes here.  Today’s recipes adapted from this one at Food & Wine.

What to buy (makes 3 burgers):

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 slices smoked Gouda (or whatever cheese you prefer)
  • 3 hamburger buns, split
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into fourths

What to do:

  •  mix yogurt, dill pickles, herbs and hot sauce, season with salt and black pepper
  • gently knead the turkey with the paprika, garlic, Worcestershire and 1-2 teaspoons of salt
  • form the meat into patties, season lightly with salt and pepper
  • grill patties over moderately high heat, turning once or twice, until cooked through, about 12 minutes
  • grill buns and peppers on both sides until hot and marked by the grill, about 2 minutes depending on how hot your grill is
  • spread the pickle sauce on buns and top with burgers, serve hot

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