Guest Blogger : Molly @ Still Being [Molly]

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Hey everyone! My name is Molly and I blog at still being [molly]. I blog about fashion, my faith, my friends and family, being married, and food! I am SO excited to be guest posting for JD and Whitney today! I absolutely LOVE them and their blog and so I was so honored when they asked me to guest post while they are on their next travel expedition! Well, since the weather is getting warmer and Spring is finally here, that means it's the PERFECT weather for a good burger! I mean, really though, anytime of year is a good time for a burger, but you know what I mean. Well, I want to share with you one of my recipes for my delicious homemade salsa + turkey burgers!

RECIPE: Salsa Turkey Burgers - still being molly

Molly’s Homemade Salsa & Salsa Turkey Burger Recipe(s)
For Molly’s Homemade Salsa (just combine all these ingredients in a blender and boom! you’re done):
  • 1, 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1, 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes (I used Great Value brand at Wal-Mart)
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 jalapeno(s), seeded or not (depends on if you want it spicy – I like it really spicy so I use two fresh jalapenos)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • small handful of fresh cilantro, washed
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice
  • juice of 1 fresh lime -or- 1 teaspoon of lime juice
Ingredients for the Patties (Yields 4-6 burgers (depending on how big you make the patties)):
  • 1lb of lean ground turkey meat (you can also use ground chicken or ground beef)
  • 2-4 tablespoons of your favorite salsa (I use my homemade salsa – recipe provided above, but you can use any salsa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic (or use 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Ingredients for the “Decoration” of the Burgers
  • 100% whole wheat hamburger buns (I like the Nature’s Own kind)
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • Jalapenos (you can use fresh or pickled… for these burgers I use pickled)
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
MAKING THE PATTIES: Okay, after you’ve made your salsa (or picked out which store-bought salsa you want to use), you’re going to take the ground turkey and place it in a bowl. This part can get kinda gross, and it’s good to have a helper because you want to avoid touching ANYTHING after you’ve touched the raw meat. Combine the turkey, salsa, and ALL seasonings for the patties in a large bowl and mix it with your hands. I actually used one hand to mix it all, that way I know I have one clean hand that I can pick up the ingredients with. Once you’ve got it good and mixed, now you make the patties. You can make the patties small or large depending on how big you want them, BUT, make sure they are FLAT. They will puff up in the middle when you broil them because they’re filled with juices… so make them as flat as you can before you put them in the oven. COOKING THE PATTIES: Now, you can totally GRILL these patties and they would be delicious, BUT, I actually BROIL these patties in the oven to keep them super juicy. If you decide to go this route, here's what you do: BROILING THE PATTIES: On a greased baking sheet, place the patties down with a little bit of salt and pepper on each side. Once the patties are on the baking sheet, place them in the oven with the oven on BROIL. Now, these cook FAST. Flip the patties every 4 minutes and pat them down with a spatula or whatever to flatten them out as they broil. Do this until the center of each patty reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. FOR THE PERFECTLY TOASTED BUNS: On the stove, place your buns with a little bit of Chipotle mayo spread on each side, face DOWN onto a large pan or skillet. Have the heat on low-medium. You can have these toasting while your patties are broiling. MAKING THE BURGERS: Okay, so once the burgers are cooked all the way through, you’re almost ready to eat! Put your patties on a plate and get your desired ingredients out. You’re ready to EAT! Here’s how my burger looks (in order of ingredient top to bottom):
  • Top Bun
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • Salsa
  • Jalapenos
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Pepper-jack cheese
  • Salsa turkey burger patty
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • Bottom Bun
Yeah, it's pretty much the most delicious thing ever. Now, time to enjoy! What about you? Do you have any delicious burger recipes you'd like to share? Be sure to stop by my blog and let me know! Thanks again to Whitney and JD for having me today!