Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce and Fried Sage Leaves

Growing up the main things I remember about Thanksgiving dinner were my brother and me going hard in our grandma’s macaroni pie, and my mom getting maybe a little too hyped about making leftover sandwiches. The Thanksgiving leftover sandwich has become a huge part of the holiday and inspired me to create this burger.

What’s great about this recipe is you can go ahead and make it, or doctor your own leftovers to get the same similar effect. This also makes a great alternative for anyone who either doesn’t have the kitchen to make a full Thanksgiving dinner, or just can’t be bothered but still wants that Thanksgiving flavor.

Cranberry BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • A few drops liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer five to seven minutes, or until the cranberries have burst. Make any final adjustments to the seasoning and set aside.

Turkey Burger/Assembly Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp oil

Mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder. In a large skillet heat two tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Separate and pat the ground turkey into four patties. Season each side of the patty and place in the pan. Cook the patties until cooked through, about five to seven minutes per side. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty when you flip them to melt it. After cooking the burgers add the remaining tablespoon of oil and toss in the sage leaves. Saute them until they are crisp, about two minutes. For the burger assembly place a patty on your bun, you can add any leafy greens if you like, followed by a generous amount of the cranberry barbecue sauce and then a layer of the crispy sage leaves.

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