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Playing Broccoli and Cheese Turkey Burgers


  • Salt
  • 2 cups loosely packed, small broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 small Fresno or jalapeno chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • Pepper
  • 6 thick-cut deli slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 burger buns, split and lightly toasted, such as Amys seeded burger rolls
  • Lettuce, tomato and red onion, for garnish
  • Avocado Ranch Dressing or Dijon mustard
For the Avocado Ranch Dressing:
  • For the Avocado Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 small ripe Haas avocado
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 ripe lemon, about 3 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup mixed herbs such as chives, dill, and flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large clove garlic, pasted


Serves: 6




Bring a few inches of water to a boil, salt it and par-boil the broccoli florets to tender-crisp, 3-4 minutes. Cold shock in ice water and drain well, pat dry on kitchen towel.



Heat EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, in a skillet over medium heat. Add chili pepper and garlic, and swirl around for a minute. Add broccoli florets and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, turn off heat and cool to handle.



Combine turkey with cooled broccoli and garlic mixture, season with salt and pepper, and form into 6 patties that are thinner at center and thicker at edges for even cooking.



Heat a drizzle of EVOO in large nonstick skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Grill burgers 11-12 minutes turning once until cooked through. Cover with cheese and melt under loose foil tent last minute or so.



Serve cheeseburgers on bun bottoms and top with lettuce, tomato, onion and a slather or Ranch or mustard; set bun top in place.



For the Avocado Ranch Dressing:

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.