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Smoky Farmhouse Burger

There are generally two truths about turkey burgers:

1.  They are dry, tasteless hockey pucks.
2.  They are a healthier option compared to other beef burgers.

Neither is true in this case.  This burger is juicy, packs a ton of flavor, but I wouldn’t calculate the calories if you paid me.  I’m not suggesting it for dinner every night but when you do want to change it up, it’s a delicious option.

I want to emphasize how juicy these burgers really are.  The first time I made them my husband grabbed a bottle of hot sauce as we were getting ready to eat.  I gave him the “aren’t-you-going-to-try-it-first-without-covering-it-in-hot-sauce” look and he said, “I’m sure it’s good but it’s a turkey burger.  They are ALWAYS dry.”  As we were clearing plates I noticed the lonely bottle still on the table.  He didn’t touch it once–and knowing my Texan, hot sauce loving husband…that means something.

I named it the Smoky Farmhouse Burger after looking at the ingredients (turkey, egg, bacon) and thinking a lot of them come from a farm…yes, as silly as that is!  You can call it whatever you want.  The “smoky” comes from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce which happens to be my new favorite ingredient to play with.  Delish.

You also don’t need all these different elements to make this a good burger.  Don’t get me wrong, they take the cake but if you’re in a rush, regular bacon and plain cream cheese are just fine.


Smoky Farmhouse Burger

Serves 4


  • Turkey Patty
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped + 2 spoonfuls of adobo sauce from the can
  • 10 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • Cream Cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Bacon
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Fixings
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 onion rolls, sliced & toasted


  1. In a large bowl mix turkey burger ingredients together with your hands until combined. Form 4 equal sized patties, place between wax paper sheets, and set aside.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese with the onion powder, garlic salt, chives, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place bacon slices, brown sugar, mustard, and pepper in a ziploc bag. Seal the bag and toss to coat the bacon in the other ingredients. Lay the slices on a foil lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in a cold oven. Set oven to 400 degrees and check bacon after 15 minutes. Continue cooking until bacon is browned and crisp. When cooked place bacon on paper towel to drain and set aside.
  4. Coat a large skillet with canola oil and heat over medium high heat. Brown the turkey burger patties in the skillet until cooked through; 4-5 minutes per side depending on thickness.
  5. While burgers are cooking, smear each onion roll half with cream cheese.
  6. When burgers are no longer pink in the middle remove from the skillet and set each patty on a bun half.
  7. In the skillet crack the eggs and fry. When cooked through, 2-3 minutes, place an egg on top of each patty. Top with the bacon slices, avocado, onion, and remaining roll halves.
  8. Serve!

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