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Veggies burger are part of the “norm” and rightly so. They are delicious, hearty and can stack up to your traditional burgers. These Zucchini Ricotta Veggie burgers are juicy, hearty and perfect for you meat-free meals!
Are you a burger purist? Do you insist that a burger is comprised of beef and nothing else? Do you scoff at the thought of a chicken or turkey burger? Does the mention of a veggie burger make you shudder in pure disdain? Well this post isn’t for you. However I think you’re a fool to skip past this post and recipe. I kid you not; you’re seriously missing out on something truly incredible and delicious. Be a rebel here. Be like those folks that decided to try salted caramel or candied bacon.
It’s funny as growing up veggies were my nemesis. I would turn my nose up at the thought of eating zucchini. I was all about the beef (’bout that beef, ’bout that beef.. sorry was channeling Meghan Trainor there for a minute). I was one of those burger snobs. Burgers had to beef and nothing else.
Be a Burger Rebel and make these delicious burgers!
As I get older I find myself becoming less and less of a ‘beef’ eater and leaning more towards turkey/fish or veggies. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE me one fat juicy burger, a slab of ribs, bacon… well I’ll never divorce bacon but sadly beef doesn’t always agree with my stomach. But if you’ve ever cooked with ground turkey, due to the low fat content, it can dry out rather fast. Now the best/healthiest ground turkey to buy is the one that is all ground white meat but again it can be dry so what I found is a healthy balance of 80% ground white turkey and 20% ground dark turkey meat. The dark meat is where you truly get that rich full-bodied flavor and since it’s such a low fat content I don’t have to worry too much. Plus you know me, everything in moderation. So when I bought 5 pounds of my ground turkey mixture I knew I had to make me some mean burgers with it. Since I had just made a batch of my awesome Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde I opted to go with a Southwestern flare. So today you’re getting my Southwest Turkey Burgers with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde recipe which seriously I ate every single day for a week and never once got tired of them because they are THAT amazing and you need to make these TODAY. Yes that was a run on sentence. Yes, it was intentional. lol
It’s funny how turkey or chicken burgers, which once were the hottest new thing in food, are now part of the norm like ‘regular’ burgers. Growing up we had beef burgers, maybe deer (gag – sorry but I grew up in a family that hunted and I hate venison) and turkey was meant for holidays only. There was no thought of ever grinding turkey meat up as a burger but who ever thought of it.. GENIUS!
Know what else is genius? THIS BURGER! Seriously, it’s one of my top 5 favorite!
I have no words for this burger. Literally this burger left me speechless and if you’re anyone that knows me, you know that’s virtually impossible. There is burgers and then there is THIS. This burger is in a class all by itself. It’s beyond elite; beyond epic. It’s.. it’s… well it’s whatever that word is beyond epic. See! Even know I am at a loss for words!
That just never happens. I always have something to say but this… this glorious, absolutely incredible, amazingly delicious, #innerfatkid drooling burger paralyzed my ability to put thoughts into words. Heck I don’t think I was even able to produce actual thoughts other than “Mmmm”. This burger will make you cuss and say words that your Mama would wash your mouth out with but you wouldn’t care because IT IS THAT GOOD!
Originally when I was working on the concept of these burgers I knew I wanted to use bacon in the burgers. I even thought of calling them the 50/50 burger but that all went to pot once I started to assemble this beast. Okay so let me backtrack how this thing came to life. It was a Sunday morning and I was at my butcher’s shop grabbing some fresh ground pork so I could make my own breakfast sausage. When I spied their homemade applewood smoked thick cut bacon. Now normally I’m not a huge fan of the thick cut as when most places make it, it’s charred on the outside but still chewy on the inside. However there is a secret to cooking thick cut bacon at home and getting it perfect each and every time.
So this recipe came out of my love of ‘bean’ burgers. See a few weeks ago my bff and I were at lunch at this local place in Market Square. Now while I’m not a huge fan of their food (well okay to be fair, their food is decent it’s their prices that I loathe). Seriously $20 a person for lunch (sandwich, fries and a soda) is ridiculous. But again, it’s town and that’s kinda the norm (not my norm but the norm nonetheless). While there I spied a black bean burger with a spicy remoulade. Well me being a food snob I had to try theirs. Theirs was pretty good but it wasn’t moist and had way too much filler for my liking. Their remoulade was too mayo-ish which you all know I’m not a fan of at-all. BUT that inspired me to make a new black bean burger.
That upcoming weekend I was hell bent on making a veggie burger. The thing is there are 900 bajillion black bean burger recipes out there and yes I have one as well (though mine is friggen FANTASTIC if I do say so myself!), I wanted to do something else. Digging through my pantry I found about 15 cans of beans varying of different types. I spotted my Northern White Beans and realized that I honestly didn’t think I had ever seen a recipe for one. I’m sure they are out there. I mean it is the internet.. everything is out there.
You are so gonna love this veggie burger!
So do you remember my sharing with you the most FANTABULOUS marmalade recipe EVER that was totally unexpected flavor-wise? I’m talking about my Smoky Tomato Bacon Marmalade. Well even though fresh tomatoes aren’t in season I still make this. I am seriously addicted to this stuff! I’ve used it as a pizza sauce, in pasta, as a condiment, with eggs — seriously this over hashbrowns and scrambled eggs are pure heaven!
Well I wanted to see what I could do with it appetizer-wise. Since I went the appetizer route it was only befitting that I go with some type of slider only I didn’t want that many carbs thus I went with the crackers however you could most certainly go with slider buns.
What I loved about these is that they cooked up in no time and were seriously SUPER delicious! Plus dude, seriously.. bacon infused IN THE BURGER! #baconislove! If you’re having a Christmas party these are a MUST-MAKE! You can whip up a whole batch of the burgers themselves and then minutes before you’re ready to serve, pop ’em in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and you’re set! I bet Santa would love ’em cause you know, Santa loves bacon… he told me so!