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Summer is upon us: Crack open a cold beer and break out the grill!

I could really go for a beer right about now.

One night, I didn’t want to make dinner. So, we ordered burgers from a local pub. I ordered a Turkey Burger with guacamole on it. It was delicious. I thought “Hey, I bet I could make this”! The very next day, I threw together this recipe. The end.

I added a nice pasta salad to serve with the burgers. Not necessary, but oh so tasty!

What you’ll need (for the Burgers):

-a pound of lean ground turkey; seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cumin.

-guacamole*

-fresh salsa*

-4 slices of provolone (or pepper jack)

-romaine; whole leaves

-1/2 of a red onion; thinly sliced

-4 whole wheat English Muffins (say what?!)…trust me.

*you can very easily make the guacamole and salsa from scratch…but I didn’t have the necessary ingredients. I did, however, have several packages of Wholly Guacamole in the fridge. I love that stuff.

What you’ll need: (for the pasta salad)

-1 1/2 cup uncooked penne

-1 cup sun dried tomatoes

-a handful of fresh cilantro: chopped

-2-3 tbs olive oil (I’m a big fan of olive oil, so I always add more. That’s heart healthy; right?)

-2 to 3 cloves of garlic: chopped

-2 tbs freshly grated Parmesan

-salt and pepper to taste

First and foremost: bring about 3 cups of salted water to a boil.

Once the water starts to boil, add you pasta. Cook for about 5-6 minutes. I like my pasta al dente, so I always under cook it. But, that’s just me.

While your pasta is cooking, add the remaining ingredients to a medium bowl. Give them a good stir; that way the flavors can mix while you wait for the pasta to finish cooking.

When the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain and add to the bowl of “mingling” ingredients (Side Note: I never rinse my pasta if it’s going to immediately be combined with olive oil. I just don’t see the point). Stir everything together. Let rest on the counter while you get the burgers ready.

Now…to the burgers!

Combine the ground turkey with seasoning in a medium bowl. You can use a spoon, but just use your hands; it’s so much easier (remove any rings first..I always forget to). Separate the meat into 4 quarter pound patties. Place the patties on a parchment lined plate. *They are pretty sticky, so the parchment is essential*. Set aside (preferably in the refrigerator)

Get your grill going! Also, have a beer or two; you deserve it. Once your grill is nice and hot, throw on those patties! Flip ONCE. They should be done after about 15 minutes…maybe less depending on how hot your grill/coals are and how thick your patties are (you don’t want them to dry out!). When they are just about done, add the cheese and close the grill. It should only take 30 seconds to a minute to melt the cheese. Remove the tasty grilled turkey burgers from the grill and head back inside to finish assembling!

Split an English Muffin with a fork (or knife). Add turkey burger to the bottom half, top with a big leaf of romaine. several (or many) thinly sliced onions, 2 spoonfuls of guacamole, 2 spoonfuls of salsa and top with the other half of the muffin. You may or may not need a large spear to hold your massive burger together.

Repeat with remaining burgers.

Grab a napkin, fresh brewskie and enjoy.

Warning: a plate is 100% necessary with these bad boys…and maybe a fork too.

Serves 4

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