Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Grilled Peaches

Lean ground turkey, goat cheese, and peaches come together for a delicious burger you can prepare on the grill. Choose 90 percent lean ground turkey to keep this dish healthy and the burgers moist. Once you taste grilled peaches, you'll be hooked.


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1-1/4 lbs 90 percent lean ground turkey*

1 tbsp hot sauce

1 medium shallot, minced, divided

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp turmeric

kosher salt and black pepper to taste

3 tsp chopped fresh thyme, divided

1-1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

2 large peaches, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1 4-oz log fresh goat cheese

1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

juice and zest of 1/2 of one lemon

vegetable oil, for brushing burgers

4 burger buns

1 cup arugula


Instructions: In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, hot sauce, half of the shallot, the cumin, turmeric and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 24 hours.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining shallot, 2 teaspoons of the thyme, the vinegar and olive oil. Add the peach slices and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes to an hour.

In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 teaspoon of thyme, the goat cheese, yogurt and the lemon zest and juice until smooth. Refrigerate. Can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

When ready to cook, heat a grill or large grill pan to medium-high. Divide the ground turkey mixture into quarters and form each into a patty. Use your thumbs to press an indentation into the center of each patty. Brush each patty with vegetable oil, then season on both sides with salt and pepper.

Grill the burgers for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to 165 F at the center.

While the burgers are cooking, add the peach slices to the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Grill each half of the burger buns for about 30 seconds. To assemble, set a burger on top of each bun bottom, then top with 2 tablespoons of goat cheese sauce, 2 to 3 grilled peach slices, and arugula.

*leaner ground turkey will yield tough, dry patties.

Jean Haedrich
Jean Haedrich