After having pork burgers, then chicken burgers, I felt the need to round out my burger week with a Turkey Cheeseburger with Apple Relish. Do you remember the math equation if A=B, and B=C, then A=C? Well if the equation held true for all those math problems it must hold true for this recipe, too. Apples and bacon go together, bacon and turkey go together, therefore apples and turkey must go together, right?
Modifications Made (Relish): One large onion was used to one Gala apple. Two onions, even when cooked down seemed like a lot of onion for just four burgers. Using a sweet onion such as the Gala, the maple syrup was omitted. Fresh nutmeg and thyme were replaced with dried.
Modifications Made (Burger): Smoky bacon was replaced with applewood smoked bacon to enhance the apple flavorings in the burger. For the patty, yellow mustard with a dash of dry mustard for an extra kick was used in place of Dijon mustard. With all this fat in the burger, why stop at cooking the patties in olive oil when they could be cooked in bacon grease? Instead of plain bread and butter pickles, garlic bread and butter pickles were used. Buns were toasted for good measure in a splash of butter with the remaining bacon/turkey drippings.
Scaled for Likability: Good
For all the flavorings in this burger, the burger was almost bland. It was as if the flavorings cancelled out each other. The apples relish needed to be a variety where the crunch was maintained and not turn to mush and needed an extra dash of salt. Being a named brand bacon, the bacon itself was tasteless and lacked salt. Using white cheddar was a good choice to offset the sweetness of the apple along with the garlic bread and butter pickles. With a different relish and better bacon, this burger would be better. I would definitely eat it again but I wouldn't go out of my way to make it as it was a lot of prep work.