2702. TURKEY CHILI, CHEDDAR and BACON BURGERS

makes four servings


8 slices applewood bacon
1 1/3 lb. ground turkey or ground turkey breast
1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder or 1 tablespoon dark chili powder mixed with 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt, to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (one turn of the pan)
4 thick deli slices cheddar cheese
4 crusty onion Kaiser rolls, split
4 leaves lettuce
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, any brand

Broil the bacon or cook it in the microwave until crisp. To cook in the microwave, place 4 slices bacon per row between paper towels and cook 4 minutes on high. To cook under broiler, place bacon on slotted pan and broil 6 inches from heat, 3 minutes on each side. Drain cooked bacon and reserve.

Mix ground turkey with bell peppers, scallions, poultry seasoning, chipotle chile powder, and salt, and form 4 big patties. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook patties in vegetable oil until cooked through, 5 or 6 minutes on each side. Melt cheese over burgers the last minute they are in the pan by tenting the pan loosely with foil.

Place bun bottoms on plates and top each with lettuce, cheeseburger, and 2 slices bacon. Spread a few tablespoons barbecue sauce on each bun and set in place.


bacon recipe courtesy of: pp. Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids, by Rachael Ray. New York: Lake Isle Press, Inc., 2004, pp. 218-219