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QUESO TURKEY BURGERS

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by January 17, 2017 LIVING

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Oh! We saw our first firefly last night. And by that I mean I was freaking out in a full-blown breakdown in our back yard watching a giant clumsy bat wobbling around in the deep twilight between two tall oak trees. And then as I finally settled down and calmed my breathing from nearly dying, I noticed a blip of yellow to my left. I screamed yet again and then realized it wasn’t a death dragon from the yonder abyss. It was just a firefly. Yay!

I do love fireflies though. When I was young we used to tear off the little bu – you know what, it’s cool.

I love fireflies!

And white queso on turkey burgers.

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This whole thing is pretty simple. I seasoned some ground turkey early in the day and then heated up some queso at dinnertime as I seared the burgs. And the queso is seriously anything you want. I’m not even going to tell you what mine is.

Okay I’ll tell you. It’s like a block of Velveeta, but pepper jack! But it’s like, our store brand. Disgustingly wonderful.

But what you m.u.s.t. do is garnish errthang with blue corn chips and fresh jalapenos. If you don’t do this your basement will be haunted by the clumsy drunk bat from my sky for the next 22 years.

And buttless fireflies.

OH YES I DID.

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Eat up.

Queso Turkey Burgers:

What it took for 4 burgers:

* 1 pound ground turkey
* 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup minced red onion
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup panko
* 1 tsp each: ground cumin, chili powder, ground coriander, garlic powder
* 1 pinch salt and pepper
* 2 cups hot queso (of your choice!)
* 4 egg buns, sliced
* blue corn chips
* extra cilantro for garnish
* freshly sliced jalapeno

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, cilantro, garlic, onion, egg, panko and spices (including a pinch of salt and pepper). Using your hands, divide the turkey mix into four patties. Cover and chill as long as you want.

When ready to eat, bring a Tbs. of olive oil to a medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until nice and seared on both sides, and the meat has cooked through, probably 8 minutes total.

Heat the queso in a small crock pot or sauce pot or whateves.

Toast the buns! (maybe buttered? you better.)

Serve burgs smothered in queso and piled high with crunchy chips, spicy peppers and fresh cilantro. Man oh man.

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