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BBQ Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger
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Dairy-Free BBQ Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger

Course Main Course
Keyword bacon, bbq, burger, classic, dinner, easy, food, garlic, homemade, indulge, Jamaican, jerk, natural, recipe, turkey, weeknight meals
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Ingredients

TURKEY BURGERS:

  • 16 oz. organic 94% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon finely-ground sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 organic burger buns, toasted
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter, for cooking

CANDIED BACON:

  • 8 oz. organic uncured Hickory Smoke bacon
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
  • 4-5 Tbsps organic brown sugar

BBQ JERK SAUCE:

  • 2 cups BBQ sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsps finely-ground sea salt + black pepper
  • 2 tsps dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tsps organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

DAIRY-FREE GARLIC SAUCE:

  • 1 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • finely-ground sea salt + black pepper, to taste
  • pinch of smoked paprika

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Thinly sliced onions
  • Your favorite greens
  • Sliced tomatoes

Instructions

CANDIED BACON:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and add the bacon, brushing the tops with maple syrup and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes or so, or until bacon is completely caramelized and crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.

BBQ JERK SAUCE:

  • Make the BBQ Jerk sauce by adding all ingredients into a small bowl and mixing it all together until well combined. Set aside.

TURKEY BURGERS:

  • Add all of the burger ingredients (except for the buns + butter) to a large bowl, massaging everything together with your hands until well combined.
  • Form the turkey mixture into medium-sized patties with your hands, gently pressing down until semi-flat and perfectly round (about ½-inches thick), ensuring that everything sticks together well. Repeat until all patties are formed, about 4.
  • Heat a medium-sized (about 11-inch) non-stick grilled pan over medium-high heat and add vegan butter until melted. Add formed patties, about 1 inch apart and cook on each side until golden brown with grill marks, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and transfer grilled pan with burger patties into preheated oven and bake until patties are cooked through and juices run clear, about 10-15 minutes. Spoon BBQ Jerk sauce atop each patty and let bake for another 5 minutes until sauce becomes "cooked on".

DAIRY-FREE GARLIC SAUCE:

  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix together until well incorporated and smooth.
  • To assemble, prepare your burger buns, top with turkey patties, sliced onions, bacon strips, and the DF garlic sauce. Serve with your favorite side----fries, sweet potato fries, salad, or whatever. 
  • Bon Appetit!

Notes

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. And if you're all about making your own burgers for months in advance, then you can freeze them for 3-4 months. Defrost adding them to the refrigerator overnight and then reheating them in the oven until heated through.
  • MAKE AHEAD: You can make your patties and plastic wrap them individually before placing them in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate them for up to 5 days. 
  • BACON: You can always substitute pork bacon with turkey bacon for a healthier choice.
  • TOPPINGS: You can always add your favorite toppings such as greens, tomatoes, pineapple, etc. 
  • GRILL: If you have a physical grill, you can always grill your patties instead of oven baking them on a grill pan.