My turn: Turkey burgers gobbling good

By Argen Duncan: PNT columnist

For a healthy change, these turkey burgers with cranberry combine Thanksgiving and summer cookouts.

We’re using the recipe from www.tasteofhome.com with permission. Marla Clark of Moriarty submitted the contest-winning recipe to Taste of Home.

Sweet and Sassy Turkey Burgers

6 turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked

• 1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon rubbed sage

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 1/4 pounds extra-lean ground turkey

1 Italian turkey sausage link (4 ounces), casing removed

3 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut in half

6 onion rolls, split

6 tablespoons jellied cranberry sauce

6 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise

6 lettuce leaves

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble turkey and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into six burgers.

Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 inches from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear. Top with cheese; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Toast the rolls; spread warm rolls with cranberry sauce and mayonnaise. Serve burgers on rolls with lettuce.

Yield: 6 servings.