Gluten-Free Gourmet Turkey Burger

I recently partnered with Modern Gingham to showcase her jams and how to use them in various ways, beyond toast that is. While my favorite is just a simple cream cheese and jelly bagel, I decided to make dinner with her jam.

There's a casual restaurant here in Boulder, called Drakes Haus, Home of the Merlot Burger, that inspired this dish. Drakes Haus has some pretty amazing (but small) burgers; they are all gourmet-like with different ingredients you'd never think to add to your patty.

So here's my take on a gluten-free and dairy-free turkey burger. Unfortunately, this is not vegan/vegetarian as this was done in a quick 30 minutes, but I imagine it would taste great with any type of patty you use. I also made some pretty tasty sweet potato steak fries, recipe down below.
For the burger:
  • 1/4 cup of ground turkey (you can also use ground beef)
  • 2 tbsp rice cheese (or vegan cheese)
  • 1 tbsp of Modern Gingham's strawberry balsamic jam (you can use other flavors, but I chose this one)
  • 1 Rudi's organic hamburger bun
  • handful of pea shoots
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil
For the sweet potato steak fries:
  • 1 sweet potato sliced lengthwise 
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder
 Steps (all steps are shown so you can prepare your meal in order and on time!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Place sliced sweet potato onto baking sheet and drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder onto slices. Mix around on sheet so all of the slices get covered.
  3. Place in oven and cook while preparing the rest of the meal. Your fries should be ready when your burger is.
  4. Place pea shoots in a bowl and add vinegar and lemon juice and let sit until your burger is ready.
  5. Put oil in a saute pan and over medium heat. 
  6. In the meantime, take your meat and add a dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix with your hands to get the seasoning throughout the patty.
  7. Place patty in saute pan and cover for about 10 minutes. Flip and then cover again for another 10 minutes. 
  8. Add cheese and then cover again for your last 10 minutes or until burger is cooked throughout. Keep in mind that the thinner your burger is, the faster it'll cook. My burger was thicker so it took longer.
  9. In the meantime, toast your burger buns in the toaster.
  10. Place burger on plate and add your pea shoot salad.
  11. When burger is ready, place your burger on top of the salad and top with your jam.
  12. Take fries out of oven and enjoy!

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  1. Hi Jillian,
    Your Turkey Burger looks amazing, which I had it right now. Thank you so much for sharing your special recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. What a yummy-looking burger! Especially with those sweet potato fries! I hope you enjoyed it....
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    It was so fun to see this linked up at our party. I pinned!! Thanks much!! :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique


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