Green Apple Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Sriracha Aioli & Swiss

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Green Apple Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Sriracha Aioli, and Swiss
This recipe gleans inspiration from both winter and spring. These burgers are light but hefty, juicy but salty, sweet but citrus-y – a meal that is both comforting and refreshing. Make this dish on a cold night at home, or have it at your next outdoor barbecue.
Course Main Dishes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Turkey Burgers:
Sriracha Aioli:
Course Main Dishes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Turkey Burgers:
Sriracha Aioli:
Instructions
For the Sriracha aioli:
  1. Combine the mayonnaise, sriracha and sambal oelek in a small bowl and stir. Set aside.
For the burgers:
  1. Cut the onion in half from root to tip and slice thinly, then set aside.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil to a hot pan (stainless steel or cast iron is preferable), then add the onions (they should sizzle when they hit the pan) and the sea salt.
  3. Stir once, turn the heat to low, and allow the onions to brown, stirring every 5-7 minutes until the onions are soft and caramel in color (about 25 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. While the onions are cooking, cut the apple in half and grate into a large bowl.
  6. Mince the garlic and add it to the bowl of grated apple.
  7. Add the ground turkey, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and white pepper, and mix with your hands until combined.
  8. Make four round patties and set aside.
  9. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to a hot, non-stick pan, place the patties evenly onto the pan, and press them down gently with a spatula.
  10. After about a minute, turn the heat to medium-low and cover with a lid, and let cook for about five minutes.
  11. Flip the burgers and brown the second side, then add 4 tablespoons of water to the pan and cover (this allows the burgers to steam and cook through).
  12. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, adding more water to steam them if necessary.
  13. When the burgers are almost done, add your slices of cheese and cover the pan for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted.
  14. The internal temperature of the burgers should be 165 degrees when done.
  15. Toast your pretzel buns.
  16. Spread each side of the toasted buns with the aioli (yes, bottom and top – it’s that yummy!).
  17. Place a burger on one side of each bun, top with the caramelized onions and watercress, and serve!
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