Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grilled Pimento Cheese Turkey Burger with POM Coca-Cola Glaze

A moist flavorful turkey burger, filled with sweet onion, apple, pepper jelly, fresh herbs, a touch of oatmeal and finished with a pomegranate glaze, pimento cheese and coleslaw.

Turkey Burger with POM-Cola Glaze

I represented POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice in the POM Wonderful Recipe Battle with a Take 2 rematch against another blogger representing Coach's Oats. The recipes were required to be both savory and summertime BBQ related, and make use of both products.

I have certainly shared my love of POM Wonderful, it's amazing antioxidant properties and great taste, both straight up out of the bottle and as an ingredient in beverages and cooking, but Coach's Oats were new to me. Well, I know that some of you are big fans of steel cut oats, so I tell ya, these are definitely worth a look y'all. Imagine a 100% whole grain oatmeal with the texture of steel cut, that is stovetop ready in 5 minutes, and can also be microwaved! Yep! Not 30 to 45 minutes - but only 5 minutes - thanks to a special process called Cracked n' Toasted™.

For the battle, I knew instantly I wanted to marry the two elements of POM and Coach's Oats in a turkey burger, but the challenge would be to create a turkey burger that is both moist and flavorful. Inspired by the Trump Bar and Grille's Mar-a-Lago burger, I sought to have each of the ingredients used to compliment the other – the apples and sweet onion in the burger, the tartness of the POM Wonderful glaze, the sweetness of the peppers in the pimento cheese, and the added texture from the crunch of the spicy coleslaw. It all came together beautifully.

The sweet onion and apple also helps to keep the burger moist and adds a bit of flavor and sweetness, while the Coach’s Oats adds a boost of tenderness, flavor and fiber. The lemon zest counters some of the sweetness and adds a bit of freshness - just a couple of passes over the microplane is really all you need. Dried herbs can be substituted for the fresh herbs by reducing them by half, and a mango chutney or apricot jam can be substituted for the pepper jelly. I used homemade pimento cheese and homemade coleslaw, both of which, together with the POM glaze, can be made ahead. For ease of preparation and to save time, you can certainly substitute store-bought on both.

I wanted a thick glaze, and a straight reduction of just the POM and cola didn't do it, so I thought that I would try including an unflavored gelatin. It worked out great. If you do make it ahead, as I did, just warm it when you are ready to glaze the burgers.

It worked! We won the challenge and The Cajun proclaimed this burger as "delicious" saying that it tasted just like a "regular" burger - which of course to him, means beef. It really did taste that good! This is one turkey burger you’ll be very proud to serve – moist and loaded with flavor.

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