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Maple Turkey Burgers with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Onions

serves 4

    8 slices smoky bacon 
    1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, dark and white meat combined, 80-85% lean
    2 tablespoons real maple syrup or 1 tablespoon maple sugar
    About 3 tablespoons onion, grated over the mixing bowl you place meat in
    2 tablespoons grainy or brown mustard
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    Salt and pepper 
    1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 
    3 tablespoons butter 
    2 large onions, thinly sliced 
    1 apple, Honeycrisp or Gala, thinly sliced 
    1 tablespoon fresh thyme
    Juice of 1/2 lemon 
    A few grates nutmeg
    1 package sliced blue cheese, such as Castello brand sliced Danish blue cheese 
    Pretzel rolls, split and prepared according to package directions 
Bake bacon on a slotted broiling pan in a 375°F oven to crisp.
Place meat in bowl and combine with maple syrup or sugar, onion, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. 
Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add butter and onions, and cook to light caramel in color, about 15 minutes. Add apples and season with salt, pepper and thyme. Cook 3-4 minutes more until apples are tender-crisp.  
Meanwhile, preheat a large, cast-iron skillet for the burgers. Cook burgers in 1 tablespoon of oil, a turn of the pan, for about 12 minutes turning once. Top patties with blue cheese and cover with foil or a burger lid to melt the cheese. Top burgers with 2 slices of bacon, some apples and onions, set bun tops in place and serve.