Chipotle and Apple Turkey Burgers with Mustard Herb Aioli

Mixing a bit of heat from the chipotle, a bit of sweet thanks to the apple and a bit of zip from the three kinds of mustard, these are moist and favourful burgers the whole family is sure to love. The herb aioli is absolutely fantastic when served with grilled chicken or fish, or as a dip for vegetables.  

Preparation Time:30 minutes
Cooking Time:15 minutes

BURGERS:

1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
3 green onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 apple, such as Gala, cored, quartered and grated
1 lb (500 g) ground turkey (or chicken)
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce or 1 tsp (5 mL) ground chipotle powder
2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped parsley
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) dry mustard powder
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup (75 mL) breadcrumbs

AIOLI:

1/3 cup (75 mL) mayonnaise
2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped chives
2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped basil leaves
1 Tbsp (15 mL) whole grain Dijon mustard
2 tsp (10 mL) fresh lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL) yellow prepared mustard
1 tsp (5 mL) grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

FOR SERVING:

4 whole grain hamburger buns 4 slices aged cheddar
8 slices cooked bacon
1/2 head butter lettuce
1 tomato, sliced
1/4 cup (60 mL) sliced red onion

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the celery, green onions, and garlic. Sauté until just browned, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the grated apple, turkey and remaining burger ingredients, as well and the cooled vegetables.
Stir everything together and form into four patties, each about 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick. Let them rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes, or keep them covered in the refrigerator until ready to grill.
While the meat rests, prepare the aioli. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

Heat the grill to medium-high. Cook the burgers until interior reaches 175°F (80°C), about 5 minutes per side. Put a slice of cheese on each patty during the last minute of cooking time.
Transfer the patties to a clean plate and tent loosely with foil.

Grill or toast the buns and spread each side with a bit of the aioli, and build the burgers with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese.

Makes 4 burgers.

Recipe courtesy of the Saskatchewan Mustard Commission

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