Herbed Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Aioli

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Aioli combine the strong flavors of basil, parsley and a bit of jalapeno with the silky smoothness of a homemade aioli. The Red Onion Aioli is as good on french fries or baked parmesan potatoes as it is on a burger.

IMG_5995Herbed Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Aioli
(Mark Kelly, 2015)

Makes 6 burgers

2 lbs ground turkey
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
1/2 medium jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp anchovy paste
Freshly ground black pepper

1 large red onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
6 garlic cloves, peeled
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

To prepare aioli: Preheat oven to 400F. Spray cooking spray on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Place the red onion rings on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Place the garlic cloves in a small foil packet, drizzle with oil and seal. Place the garlic packet on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Coarsely chop the onion. Put the onion and garlic in a food processor and pulse. Add the lemon juice and zest and pulse. Add egg yolks and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly add the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Pour the aioli into bowl, cover and refrigerate until serving.

Combine the herbs, scallions and jalapeno in a food processor and pulse. Add the mayonnaise and anchovy paste and pulse. Season with pepper. In a large bowl thoroughly mix the herbed mayonnaise with the ground turkey. Form into 6 1/3-pound patties.

Heat grill for medium direct cooking. Cook the burgers for 5 minutes, rotating 90 degrees halfway through to enhance grill marks. Flip and grill for another 4 minutes for medium doneness. Serve on grilled buns topped with the Red Onion Aioli.

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