Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions

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.

Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions

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!

Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions will definitely satisfy that burger craving but with fewer calories than the restaurant version.

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Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions will definitely satisfy that burger craving but with fewer calories than the restaurant version.
Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Once the oil is warmed and shimmery add the sliced onions. Season the onions with salt and pepper.
  2. To caramelize the onions, slow cook at least 20 minutes, sometimes up to 40 minutes.
  3. Occasionally stir the onions. The key to great caramelized onions is to let the onions cook a bit so they brown but not burn. If you notice your onions are starting to burn add more oil and/or turn the heat to low-medium.
  4. While the onions are caramelizing prepare the burgers.
  5. Combine the turkey, salt, pepper, onion powder, granulated garlic, Worcestershire sauce and barbecue sauce in a bowl. Don’t over work the meat, it leads to a tough burger.
  6. Form 4 patties. Grill burgers over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until browned. Flip and cook 5 minutes more until browned and cooked through. When almost cooked, top with the caramelized onions and cheese, so the cheese will melt.
  7. After flipping the burgers, toast the buns on the other side of the grill. Or skip this step if you don’t want toasted buns.
  8. To serve the burgers spread barbecue sauce on both sides of the bun. Add the burger, bacon and spinach.
  9. I like to serve the burgers with homemade french fries such as my Parmesan Garlic Potato Wedges.
Recipe Notes

* I always estimate the seasonings. Add onion, garlic, salt or pepper to your personal preference.

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2 comments on “Barbecue Bacon Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions

  1. I’m thinking my husband would like this one! Who can resist thick cut bacon and caramelized onions?? Delicious 🙂

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