By Flavor & The Menu
August 1, 2021
Burgers are indeed a fan favorite and a menu mainstay, but the protein choices that consumers are looking for today extend past the traditional beef patty. Turkey burgers offer a lean, healthy alternative, providing diners with a meaty, satisfying option. The turkey burger’s other “super power” is its ability to take on flavors, giving chefs a fantastic canvas for menu innovation.
With a few flavor-forward toppings, the turkey burger plays beautifully at breakfast and brunch—and can stand out as a bold signature dish. This Turkey Chorizo Burger stars a Butterball Savory Dark Meat Homestyle Turkey Burger, brushed with flavored oil and sprinkled with Montreal seasoning, then topped with a fried egg that’s cradling Butterball’s chorizo seasoned ground turkey. A zesty tomato jam is spread on the bottom of a cornbread bun, which is studded with turkey bacon, adding another level of crispy, savory flavor. Pasilla chile and jalapeño pepper bring a bit of heat to the bun. To round things off, the burger is served with a dollop of cilantro mayo on the side.
Big flavors from far-flung places intrigue diners—tucking them into the all-American burger makes them approachable. To build this Kimchi Turkey Burger, the Butterball Savory White Homestyle Burger is grilled, getting amped up with flavor from a regular basting of sweet soy sauce. Served on either a bao bun or grilled and buttered brioche, it’s topped with kimchi, which lends an assertive profile of fermented, acidic and chile-laced flavors. To deepen complexity and provide creaminess, sweet chile mayo is spread on the bottom bun.
* The Importance of Turkey in Food Away from Home, Butterball, 2019
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