Turkey Burgers with garlic scape pesto mayonnaise (Makes 4 large burgers)

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For the burgers

  • 1/2 lb white ground turkey meat
  • 1/2 lb dark ground turkey meat 
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced to 1/4 inch thickness
  • 1 TB balsamic 
  • 1 TB extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp butter 
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted, if desired)
  • 2 cloves garlic, roasted
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

For the garlic scape mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup garlic scapes, finely diced (or substitute 2 cloves of roasted garlic)
  • 2 tsp basil pesto
  • 1 tsp EVOO
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise (+ more to taste)
  • dash of freshly cracked black pepper

Making the burgers
I'll admit, there are several ingredients going into these turkey burgers. To make it easier, I set up an assembly line, and got everything going at once.

Begin with making the caramelized onions, since they will take the longest (but require little attention once cooking). Heat one tablespoon of oil in a medium saute pan. In the meantime, slice half of an onion (about 1/4 inch thickness). Add a little bit of butter to the saute pan (until it sizzles), and then add the onion. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic, and stir. Allow these to cook away at medium-low heat while you work on the rest of the ingredients.

Place two garlic cloves (skins on) in a small pan on high heat. Allow them to roast in the pan until the skins have blackened.

While the garlic and onions are heating up, dice the dried apricots.

Mix together the dark and light turkey meat, then add the dried apricots, pine nuts, coriander, salt, pepper, and oregano.

Add the caramelized onions and roasted garlic to the meat mixture, form into patties, and prepare.

Make the garlic scape mayonnaise
Combine all the ingredients for the garlic scape mayonnaise. If you don't have prepared pesto on hand (in other words, if you don't freeze large batches every summer like I do), you could simply mix the mayonnaise with garlic scapes, a little fresh basil, and some lemon juice to taste. Or, if you can't find garlic scapes, roast an extra couple cloves of garlic (from the meat mixture) and add that to the mayonnaise.

Putting it all together
Assemble the burgers onto buns slathered with garlic scape mayonnaise. If desired, add a little lettuce, or some oven roasted tomatoes.