I have partnered with Jennie-O this year to bring you lots of yummy recipes featuring Jennie-O turkey. 

Greek Turkey Burgers - delicious burgers in pitas with feta and homemade tzatziki sauce! Plus, the best tips for keeping turkey burgers from drying out!

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

I repeat, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Omg, you guys. I have never been excited for the last day of school. I have had a year and I am ready for 3 months of fun.

I’m gonna swim in all the pools, I’m gonna sleep stupid late every day, I’m gonna have ice cream every night, and I’m gonna eat all the burgers.

 

Greek Turkey Burgers - delicious burgers in pitas with feta and homemade tzatziki sauce! Plus, the best tips for keeping turkey burgers from drying out!

Okay, let’s talk turkey.

I tend to choose turkey over beef when it comes to burgers. Less calories, less fat = more cheese on top.

My favorite way to do turkey burgers is with the Jennie-O Lean Seasoned Turkey Burgers. They’re already portioned out and shaped AND seasoned with a bit of onion and garlic. So it saves you a lot of time, especially if you’re cooking up a bunch.

When I want to add a bunch of stuff to the burger itself, I go for the Jennie-O 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey. It’s lean but not so lean that it’s going to get dry on you.

Speaking of dry turkey burgers, let’s talk tips. Because it really is easy to dry out a burger if you aren’t careful.

First up, don’t keep flipping the burger! Just leave it alone! For the turkey burgers, I start with 9 minutes on each side and then use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. If it’s not at 165F, I let it go a few more minutes. But don’t keep flipping it back and forth!

Don’t squish your burgers with the spatula while they’re cooking. You’re squeezing all the juices out when you do that.

If you want to add a little extra moisture to your meat mixture, a couple tablespoons of olive oil or some sauteed onions will do the trick.

And finally, let your burgers rest for a few minutes before you serve them up. It allows all the juices to redistribute and get delicious and stuff.

Greek Turkey Burgers - delicious burgers in pitas with feta and homemade tzatziki sauce! Plus, the best tips for keeping turkey burgers from drying out!

So for these, I used those Jennie-O Lean Seasoned Turkey Burgers that I love so much. I cooked up some of those, tossed them in some split pitas with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. And then sprinkled some feta on top. Plus, a healthy drizzle of homemade tzatziki sauce.

I’m addicted to tzatziki sauce.

And I know what you’re thinking.

“Amanda, you don’t like cucumbers.”

I know.

But tzatziki sauce is one of the greatest things on earth.

Before you head to the store for your turkey, be sure to print out the $1 off Jennie-O Frozen Turkey Burgers coupon! Click for the full recipe

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Doughnut Burgers with Candied Bacon – the most amazing burger you’ll ever eat! It’s the ultimate sweet and salty combination!

Doughnut Burgers with Candied Bacon - the most amazing burger you'll ever eat! It's the ultimate sweet and salty combination!

 

How is it Monday already?

I’m not ready!

Let’s go back to Friday night!

Anyway.

I’m back from Salt Lake City – got in late last night. I had the best time at the conference and met so many amazing bloggers that I’d only ever talked to on the interwebs. Plus, Nicole and I got matching tattoos.

That’s a normal thing to do on a work trip, right?

Right?!

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Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers – delicious (and easy!) homemade pimento cheese on top burgers with crispy bacon! 

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers - delicious (and easy!) homemade pimento cheese on top burgers with crispy bacon!

Something you may not know about me is that one of my favorite foods is pimento cheese. I don’t know how or why but I have loved it for as long as I can remember.

Almost every week when I do my big grocery shopping trip, I buy a tub of pimento cheese and a bag of those long pretzel rods and then I dip the pretzels in the cheese and that’s all I eat until it’s gone.

I mean, is that not one of the weirder things for someone to be obsessed with?

Pimento cheese on pretzels? And not just pretzels, it has to be the pretzel rods.

(One the rare ocassion that I don’t feel like cheese, I get Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and then dip the pretzels in that. We’re not even going to think about how many calories that one is, mmkay?)

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers - delicious (and easy!) homemade pimento cheese on top burgers with crispy bacon!

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers!

So when my dear friend Kita asked me to participate in Burger Month again this year, I knew Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers were happening.

This was my first time making pimento cheese, if you can believe that.

I had it in my head that it was something I could only buy at the store since that was my tradition and all. But it turns out that it’s really easy. It’s just shredded cheese, diced pimentos (in a jar), and mayo. Seriously easy.

I did a simple beef burger with just salt and pepper, grilled for a few minutes on each side. And then I topped it with the homemade pimento cheese, some crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

Also, I learned that I’m really, really bad at making burgers.

Normally my husband does any burgers for me but he was in the field so I attempted these and they ended up fat and not wide enough for the bun. Which means that I need to make burgers more often, right?

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers - delicious (and easy!) homemade pimento cheese on top burgers with crispy bacon!

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 
Servings: 4 burgers
Ingredients
For the pimento cheese:
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 2 ounce jar diced pimento peppers
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the burgers:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 slices bacon cooked until crisp
  • 4 buger buns
  • lettuce tomato, onions, and other toppings if desired
Instructions
  1. To make the pimento cheese, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Start with only 1/4 cup mayo and add more to reach desired consistency. Cover and let chill for an hour before serving.
  2. To make the burgers, preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together beef, salt, and pepper until combined. Shape into 4 equal burgers.
  4. Grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until the burgers are cooked through.
  5. Top with bacon, pimento cheese, and other toppings if you wish!

Things you may need for this recipe:

Want more burger recipes?

Colorado Omelet Burgers

Buffalo Wing Burgers with Blue Cheese Slaw

Greek Turkey Burgers

 

Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers

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Yesterday my kid came home and told me that they’d had a lockdown. It happens more than it probably should (#armylife) and thankfully it’s always nothing.

Really, it’s usually a parent threatening to punch the principal or something. 

And no, it’s never been me.

Yet.

Anyway, I asked what happened and he said, “There was a mountain lion! I saw it’s footprints on the playground on the way home!”

I was all, “Yeah….” and sent him upstairs to do his homework. So I went to my husband and said, “Hey, he said they had a lockdown because of a mountain lion.”

And he said, “Yeah, it’s possible. We see all kinds of things on the ranges.”

“What? Like they just come through the gate? That jerk wouldn’t let me through unless I took my sunglasses off the other day. But they’re letting mountain lions in?”

“Uhhh, a mountain lion could jump the fence. Pretty awesome, huh?”

And now I’m terrified. Of mountain lions. Hanging out in my backyard.

So in honor of the kid that may be telling me the truth or may be just trying to really scare his mother, I made something I knew he’d love.

Burger and Fries Pot Pie!

It’s really simple and my kids all loved it. It’s ground beef with some diced tomatoes and cheese and then it’s all topped with crinkle-cut French fries. How can that be bad? We won’t talk about how many French fries I stole off the top. 

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Colorado Omelet Burgers – everything you love about a Colorado Omelet as a burger. Bacon, sautéed green peppers and onions, white cheddar cheese, and a yolky egg on top. And then you pour salsa all over it.

Colorado Omelet Burgers - everything you love about a Colorado Omelet as a burger. Bacon, sautéed green peppers and onions, white cheddar cheese, and a yolky egg on top. And then you pour salsa all over it.

Umm.

I’m sorry for clogging your arteries first thing in the morning.

See, this is why I stick to pretty basic stuff on the blog. Because when someone gives me permission to go nuts, I do.

This is all Kita’s fault. She has been hosting an epic Burger Month and literally said to us “Make it epic!”

So. Much. Pressure.

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