We’re back from New Zealand! It was an absolutely amazing trip, and I can’t wait recap all the highlights and share a few recipes inspired by our journey! I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping a detailed journal with notes about all our activities and meals whenever we travel, mainly because I don’t want to ever forget a single moment. While I was skimming through it during our flight home, I couldn’t help but start outlining a few recipe ideas. I love how traveling inspires my creativity, even though sometimes it takes a few months before I actually get around to making the dishes. Case in point with these burgers.
When we visited Nosh up in Portland, Maine, back in May, I immediately knew I wanted to recreate their tasty Nosh Burger (pork and beef patty/blue cheese spread/bacon/fried egg/roast garlic sauce/brioche bun), and finally got around to doing so right before we left for New Zealand.
Since I enjoy getting a bit of bacon in every bite, I mixed cooked chopped bacon right in my ground turkey patties instead of putting it on top. I decided to amp up Nosh’s roasted garlic sauce by making a roasted garlic cherry jam glaze, which added a nice sweetness and kept the burgers moist. I struggled a bit with adding the perfect amount of gorgonzola. It can be tricky since you don’t want the blue cheese to overpower the other flavors, but finally got the right balance for my palate with the amount below. Definitely feel free to experiment and see what works best for yours though. Thanks to Nosh for the inspiration!
p.s. Did you notice my cute piggy cutting board in the pic? Nosh is known for their tempura bacon and general pork love, so I couldn’t help but break it out for the photos!
Bacon Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cherry Glaze and Gorgonzola Cheese
Gorgonzola Cheese Spread:
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
3 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
Roasted Garlic Cherry Glaze:
1/2 head of roasted garlic, finely chopped (I used this technique)
1/2 cup cherry jam
1/8 teaspoon salt
Bacon Burger Patties:
6 hickory smoked bacon slices, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1/2 cup grated yellow onion
1 teaspoon salt
6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
To make the gorgonzola cheese spread, mix gorgonzola cheese, milk, and salt together in a small bowl until smooth and refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the roasted garlic cherry glaze, place roasted garlic, cherry jam, and salt in a small bowl and mix well.
To make the bacon burger patties, heat oven broiler. Place chopped bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat and sauté for 7 to 9 minutes or until crispy. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. Place cooked bacon, ground turkey, grated onion, and salt in a large bowl and gently mix all the ingredients together with your hands; form 6 burgers that are slighty larger than your buns. Place patties on a large cookie sheet and broil for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
To assemble the burgers, evenly spread gorgonzola cheese spread on the bottom piece of each bun. Place a patty on top and evenly spread the roasted garlic cherry glaze on top of each burger. Add the burger tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.
Nutrition: 495 calories, 18.3g fat, 5.0g fiber, 32.6g protein per burger
Cost: $1.87 per burger