BLD Burgers with Chunky Cranberry Sauce

Aired October 2, 2008

8 strips bacon
3 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
2 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons (about a palmful) fennel seeds
2 tablespoons grill seasoning
A few grates fresh nutmeg
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
2 teaspoons ground dry mustard
8 slices cheddar cheese
4 sandwich-size English muffins, toasted
For the Chunky Cranberry Sauce:
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup (about a handful) flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Zest of 1 orange
1 14-ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce
Salt and ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375F.

Lay the bacon out onto a slotted broiler pan and bake in the oven until golden and crispy, about 8 minutes.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. While the pan is heating up, combine ground turkey, maple syrup, fennel seeds, grill seasoning, nutmeg, sage and ground mustard in a large mixing bowl. Work the meat together with your hands, then divide it into four portions. Shape each portion of meat into a patty, pressing down slightly in the middle, and drop them into the hot pan. Cook the burgers until golden brown and cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.

While the burgers are cooking, make the cranberry sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the onion, parsley, orange zest, cranberry sauce and some salt and pepper.

When the burgers have about 1 minute left, place 2 slices of cheese over each patty and cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. Serve the burgers on top of the toasted English muffins with 2 slices of bacon and scoop of cranberry sauce on each.

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