Wildly juicy and rich, the flavor of roasted garlic sings in JThornberg's Florentine-style turkey burger, providing moisture and a hint of sweetness. Creamy fontina cheese melts perfectly over the patty while a soft bun spread with tangy garlic aioli tucks even more flavor inside. Depending on your grill, you may need to cook the burgers a bit longer on each side to reach the recommended internal temperature. Note: I used the Italian cheese Piave for the burger mixture with great results, but feel free to use a pre-shredded Italian cheese blend.
We first came up with these burgers a few years ago after I saw turkey florentine meatballs on the Food Network, and it was an immediate hit. Since then, we've updated it with fresher ingredients to take it to the next level.
Roasted garlic brings a savory rich flavor to the burger, while grated sweet Vidalia onion adds moisture and a little tang. Using chopped fresh spinach instead of frozen was a big improvement in texture and appearance, not to mention quicker and easier since I didn’t have to defrost or drain the spinach. The final accent of a creamy slice of fontina cheese, fresh spinach leaves and roasted garlic aioli brought all the flavors together into one of the best burgers I have ever eaten!
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