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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Southwestern Turkey-Cheddar Burgers with Grilled Sweet Onions



Southwestern Turkey-Cheddar Burgers with Grilled Sweet Onions

Courtesy of Portland Fire & Rescue's Nurse Janet Woodside


  • 3/4 c finely chopped sweet onion 
  • 1/3 c wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground lean turkey breast
  • 4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 6 thick-cut slices sweet onion
  • 6 Kaiser rolls, split


  1. Combine first seven ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Divide mixture into 6 equal proportions, shaping into 1/2 inch thick patties.
  3. Place patties on an oiled grill rack; grill 5 minutes; flip and grill 2 minutes.
  4. Place cheese slices over patties; grill additional 5 minutes, or until done.
  5. Remove from grill and let stand 5 minutes. 
  6. Place onion slices on oiled grill rack,; grill 4 minutes each side or until browned and tender. Place rolls cut-side down on grill and grill 1 minute or until toasted. 
  7. Serve each burger with onion slice, and your favorite mustard or ketchup.   

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   June 29, 2011


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