Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Barbecue burgers have to be my favorite burger. Going out to a restaurant and getting a burger topped with cheese, onion rings and dripping with barbecue sauce is so satisfying. But when I’m not indulging at a restaurant and I’m craving a good barbecue burger I make this Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions. It satisfies my burger craving but it’s just a bit on the lighter side.
Instead of hamburger meat, I opt to use ground turkey. And instead of those giant crispy onion rings, I make caramelized onions. Now I know onion rings are good, but caramelized onions are super tasty too and they’re a lot less calories.
The first time I made these burgers my daughter turned her nose at the caramelized onions. She doesn’t like onions and didn’t want those things near her burger. But after I explained that caramelized onions don’t taste like raw onions, that they’re actually sweet (especially if you use a Vidalia sweet onion) she was willing to give it a try. My daughter is the most amazing 7 year old! She’s so adventurous in the kitchen. She loves to help me cook and this year she’s decided she’s up for trying all kids of new foods. I’m such a lucky mom!
Another quick tip about caramelized onions — they shrink a lot. So when you first add all those sliced onions to the pan you may be thinking, “wow, that’s a lot of onions!” but by the end the onions will be half or even a third the size. So if you really love caramelized onions, you could even cook up two onions for 4 burgers. The key to a good caramelization is to stir when the onions start to brown, but before they start to burn. If you stir too frequently the onions won’t brown, but if you just let them sit they’ll burn. It sounds kind of weird but once you do it you’ll understand exactly what I mean.
I recommend to start caramelizing the onions first, since it takes quite awhile. And while they are cooking prepare your burgers. A barbecue burger is one of my favorite ways to have a turkey burger. My other favorites are a turkey burger with hatch chiles or buffalo style. If you’ve never had a turkey burger give it a try, they’re really delicious and so versatile. Turkey burgers are easy to make and grill up quickly. They’re a great option for a weeknight dinner. For my barbecue burger I like to add bacon, because well, bacon goes so well with barbecue!
I like to serve Bacon Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions with fries. This time I made up a quick batch of my Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedge Fries. They’re so yummy! Oven fries are so tasty and so simple, you won’t miss the fried version! Click here for my Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges recipe.
I’m going to end with a funny burger story — my youngest just turned 3. He’s never liked burgers of any kind. But when I made these turkey burgers I decided to give him half a burger and see if he’d give it a try. He was reluctant first, but with my husband’s help, Logan agreed to give this burger a try. After his first bite he said, “This isn’t that bad, actually.” What a complement! He’s such a cutie. He uses the word “actually” all the time. I love it when toddlers pick up bigger words. It’s adorable!