Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner Burger Roundup

At the beginning of last month I announced the Thanksgiving Dinner Burger Challenge and invited all of you to create your own Thanksgiving-inspired burgers. Here are the results and let me just say, they are impressive!

Get ready to lick your chops!

Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies put together ingredients she had on hand to create one killer Thanksgiving Dinner Burger. Now this is a burger I'd like to sink my teeth into!

Natashya's turkey burger is flavored with onion, diced apple, thyme and sage, then placed atop a homemade stuffing-inspired Sage and Celery Bun and topped with a savory mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce, and spinach. Wow! A little savory, a little sweet, a whole lot of deliciousness!

To celebrate her 300th post, Teresa from A Blog About Food, made The Best Turkey Burger Ever. You can tell how tender and moist the burger is just by looking at it!

Teresa's turkey burgers were flavored with Dijon mustard, garlic, scallions, and Gruyere cheese, then topped with sauteed mushrooms and blue cheese. This burger is packed with some of my all-time favorite ingredients. I'm on my way, Teresa!

Deb of Kahakai Kitchen , a girl after my own heart, modeled her "Spectacular Side Dish Turkey Sliders" after her favorite component of Thanksgiving dinner: the stuffing. Sounds like a good idea to me!

Deb chose to incorporate all the flavors of her Mom's stuffing into her slider patties. She pulled big flavors, like onion, garlic, celery, apple, various herbs, and red pepper flakes, then topped the sliders with a homemade lemon-sage mayo, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and served them on potato rolls. You know those were some flavor-packed burgers!

All the way from Ireland, I am very happy that Eleanor of BrownievilleGirl chose to join us with her Thanksgiving Burger. Eleanor holds the key to my heart with her secret weapon, Wensleydale cheese with cranberries. Genius!

The Wensleydale cheese with cranberries is such a treat and I'm so glad that Eleanor elected to use it in her burger. If you haven't tried this cheese, you should. It's a very fun treat for the upcoming holidays.

Eleanor stuffed the inside of her turkey burgers with the Wensleydale cheese and topped them off with a very pretty-in-pink cranberry mayo. I think Eleanor has this Thanksgiving business down to a "T". Great job, Eleanor!

Here at Stirring the Pot, my first Thanksgiving Dinner Burgers, were inspired by sausage stuffing, which is also my favorite part of a traditional Thanksgiving menu.

My turkey burgers were a combination of turkey, sausage, grated apple, and sage and were topped with baked creamed pearl onions and spinach. I served my burgers on King Arthur's stuffing buns. We enjoyed the turkey/sausage patties immensely, loved the baked creamed pearl onions, but didn't really care for the King Arthur stuffing buns.

I still had a package of cranberries and wanted to incorporate them into a burger, so I made these Turkey Burger Crostini with Camembert and Cranberry-Jalapeno Relish. They were the perfect thing to serve at our tree-trimming party tonight.

Obsessed with the idea of cranberry mayo, I ended up mixing some into the ground turkey for these mini burgers. I layered a slice of Camembert on the crostini and allowed it to melt slightly, then topped it with the mini burger and a dollop of cranberry-jalapeno relish. They were perfect little bites, with lots of tastes and texture.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the Thanksgiving Dinner Burger Challenge. It was so much fun to read about your burgers and see the final outcome. I loved them all and am so happy that each of you took the time to share them!

The links for each burger are provided above in case you'd like to read the individual posts and get the recipes.

If I left anyone out, please leave a comment letting me know. I'd be happy to add you to the roundup!

Finally, as I was typing up the roundup I was thinking about how cool food blogging really is. In this roundup alone, there are 3 different countries represented: Ireland, Canada, and America. That's pretty awesome, isn't it? Not to mention that most of us blog internationally on a daily basis. We rarely stop to think about those things, but it truly is amazing! What a privilege it is to meet people from all over the world who share the same passion. Definitely something to be thankful for!


  1. Kim, what a great challenge this was. I wish I had been able to participate but I'll be there for your next challenge. :o) I love the new look of your page!!! You have so many yummy recipes coming up too, I can't wait!

  2. My, oh my, I'm totally hungry now. These all look great! I've never tried a cooking challenge before, but may have to join in one time.

  3. Bloggers are amazing and that is proof positive in your posting, Kim. A grand, delicious array of the common burger - elevated to new heights.

  4. What a wonderful round up Kim - you even managed to make my effort sound good!!!!!

    I loved participating - many thanks :-}

  5. Everybody did such a fantastic, creative job at their Thanksgiving burgers! And i blogging really is amazing :D

  6. Woweee those are so amazing looking burgers! I got hungry just scrolling through :-) Thanks for putting this together--it was fun to see!

  7. I'm impressed by all of this creativity!
    Great job, everyone.

  8. I love that Thanksgiving has lived on in the form of this post! All of these burgers sound delicious and do an excellent job of incorporating T-Day! And man it IS cool that this round-up has so many countries! Blogging is the best.

  9. I have to confess that when someone mentions turkey burgers, I sneer just a little (on the inside of course). But this roundup just might give me a change of heart :)

  10. Such a great and thorough round-up. I feel like I can almost taste all the burgers. Thanks for hosting such a fun and unique challenge--I had a blast. ;-)

  11. awesome awesome roundup! i'm sorry my burgers aren't more thanksgiving-ish, but so honored to be included! and i feel the same about blogging, food is such a wonderful way to bring people together!

  12. I love turkey burgers, but must confess that I was too busy eating my favorite turkey/stuffing/cranberry sauce sandwiches to remember to create one. A great round-up; glad others were on the ball.

  13. Kim - I ditto everything you said about blogging. The connections I have made with people all over the world in the short time I have been blogging just astounds. In fact for the first time I am going to meet one of my "bloggy friends" on Xmas Eve, which I'm very excited about.

    Every single one of these burgers looks absolutely incredible - I would very happily wrap my chompers around any one of those :-) Am fascinated by the Wensleydale cheese with the cranberries in it.

    Kim, thanks for stopping by my Tackling Bittman post - I'm really excited about co-hosting this event. I would love it if you would cook up something Bittman and join in when you can, or even if you linked up one of your previous Bittman posts.

    Sue :-)

  14. I agree - I love that we interact with people from all over the world every day.
    Great round-up! I am hungry for thanksgiving burgers all over again. ☺

  15. What an awesome round-up Kim! Such creativity! And so much deliciousness my burger loving heart can barely stand it. The Wensleydale cheese is calling to me - how great is that in a burger?!

  16. looks great and love the Asian meatballs for some reason I was really struggling to comment on the last post

    have a fun weekend Kim


  17. I'll take one of each and a side of fries, please. Okay, ditch the fries, you're right, that'd be too much.

  18. What a fun idea and wow-oh-wow are there some fabulous recipes! I am inspried to get busy in the kitchen an create a new seasonal turkey burger recipe. A little plug- Wensleydale cheese is amazing, I tried it with cranberries for the first time last week and couldn't stop eating it, great burger topper too.

  19. Great roundup definitely some burgers that would be a hit here.

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  21. where is the link for your Turkey Burger Crostini with Camembert and Cranberry-Jalapeno Relish please? My apologies if I'm just being blind... thank you!

  22. where is the link for your turkey burger please?


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