Heritage Turkey Burger

IngredientsPoultry, Vegetables, Fruit
Day PartLunch
Menu PartSandwich/Wrap
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Heritage Turkey Burger

Source: Michael Mina 74, Miami Beach

At his Miami Beach outpost, chef Michael Mina menus global spins on American food. For this burger, he starts with leaner ground turkey and amps up the flavor with cumin, coriander and dried apricots. Guacamole and harissa aioli toppings create a Latin-Moroccan mashup that delivers lots of bold flavor. Serve these condiments on the side for calorie watchers.



3 ripe avocados, peeled and halved
1 Fresno chili, diced
1 scallion, sliced
2 limes, juiced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Harissa Aioli:

2 tbsp. champagne vinegar
1/4 tsp. chipotle in adobo
1/4 tsp. harissa
5 tbsp. mayonnaise

Turkey Burger:

8 oz. ground turkey
1 oz. dried apricots, chopped
1 oz. pepper Jack cheese, shredded
1/4 cup julienne onions
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. chopped sage
1/4 tsp. fennel seed
1/4 tsp. cumin seed
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 tsp. minced lavender flower
1 oz. canola oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 brioche bun
1 pickle
1 pepperoncini
2 slices Jack cheese



  1. Prepare Guacamole: In bowl, mash all ingredients together until blended; set aside.
  2. Prepare Harissa Aioli: In blender, combine vinegar, chipotle and harissa; whirl until blended. Stir in mayonnaise; refrigerate until service.
  3. In bowl, mix turkey, cheese, apricots, onions, garlic, onion powder, parsley, sage, fennel, cumin, oregano, coriander and lavender for turkey burger. Push ingredients through a meat grinder and form into an 8-oz. patty.
  4. Add canola oil to sauté pan; heat until smoking. Season turkey patty with salt and pepper; cook in hot oil 2 minutes on each side. Finish burger in 350°F. oven for 5 minutes until cooked through.
  5. To serve, toast bun. Spread Harissa Aioli on top and bottom of bun; reserve for plating.
  6. Add sliced cheese to the burger and cook 1 minute longer until cheese is melted. Place burger on bottom bun; top with arugula and top bun. Skewer burger with pickle and pepperoncini.

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