We have burgers a couple times a month. We always make turkey burgers. I actually would prefer beef for this particular burger, but ground turkey is what we had. Feel free to use whatever ground meat you like for this. Pork would even be delicious. I like a 90/10 meat for burgers, but you can use any fat content. Just know that cooking time will vary depending on meat/fat. Oh, and this is the perfect burger to use those quick pickles.
1 1/3 lb ground turkey, pork or beef
4 slices bacon
1/3 C amber beer
1/4 C bread crumbs
2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp brown mustard
3/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 kaiser rolls
4 slices butterkase, muenster, or swiss
1 recipe quick pickles with onions (see link above for recipe)
more brown mustard
Combine beer, worcestershire, and bread crumbs. Let sit together for about 15 minutes.
Cut bacon into lardons. Fry over medium heat until about halfway done- edges are browned but it's not quite crispy.
Combine bacon, bread crumb mixture, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper. Work into ground meat. Form into four patties that are slightly larger than the buns you are using. Cook in a little bit of oil over medium/med-high heat for 5-6 min per side (for turkey). (Or grill.) In the last couple minutes off cooking, top with cheese so it melts.
Toast buns. Assemble.
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