A juicy grilled turkey burger meets crispy bacon and pineapple — a special combo of flavors that make this burger a winner!
Grilled Turkey Burger with Pineapple and Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon
½ pound thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch-long pieces
¼ cup bourbon
¼ cup brown sugar
2 pounds ground turkey meat formed into 8-ounce patties
4 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper to taste
4 slices mozzarella cheese
4 butter leaf lettuce pieces
4 fresh pineapple pieces, thickly sliced
Bacon: In a large sauté pan on medium-high heat add in the bacon and brown on one side (3 to 4 minutes). Flip bacon over and deglaze with bourbon and add in the brown sugar and gently stir. Finish the bacon in the oven on 350°F for 10 minutes.
Burger: Form and season burger patties, then coat burgers and pineapple slices on all sides with olive oil. Place the turkey patties on a hot grill (450º F to 550° F) and cook on each side for 6 to 7 minutes or until they are browned on the outside and cooked thoroughly. After you flip the turkey burgers, place the pineapple on the grill to form grill marks. Place cheese on top of the burger patties. Once the burgers and pineapple slices are cooked, remove from the heat and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes.
To Plate: place burger on the bun and stack on the lettuce, pineapple, and bacon.