You know when you have those meals you can not stop picking at when you are making it and then you aren’t hungry when the dinner is done. Well, that pretty much happened here! This was an idea my sister and I had. I wanted turkey burgers and she wanted chicken madeira. Why not combine them! This is exactly like chicken madeira, minus the chicken and of course mushrooms because, bleh, I hate mushrooms.


As I was editing these pictures I was literally salivating. Okay, I am still salivating. Even talking about this meal just makes me drool. Graeyson is drooling because he is teething and I am drooling because this is so stinking delicious! Every time I went to add a photo into Aperture I was just dying because I didn’t have any left to eat! They were SO gone. I mean gone gone, like I hardly saw them. That’s okay, that just means they were that good. I was planning on having one for lunch the next day, but no dice.


Burgers are the best part of summer! They really are just good on their own, but sometimes it can get boring! What if you wanted to make burgers, but thought that everyone was going to think you were lazy! With this it just LOOKS like you weren’t lazy. They still only take about 30 minutes, but they don’t need to know that.


These burgers are so gorgeous I can’t even stand it. Don’t you love how I snuck all the veggies in under the cheese! Although, these asparagus are amazing because they have that little char flavor going on. The Bibb lettuce gives the burger such a lovely texture and then the madeira sauce dripping everywhere, really seriously?! If this doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know what will! I wrapped mine in the bakery paper and tied it up to make it look extra fancy, like it even needs that! They are such show stoppers on their own.


We really need to stop talking about this meal because I am going to want to make it again, right now! Enjoy your holiday weekend with your loved ones!



Turkey Burger Madeira Wraps
Author: Nicole Nilsen
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Serves: 6-8
I didn’t use any oil in the skillet. Just put the patty’s straight onto the skillet. The thigh meat creates enough oil to cook the burgers. If you are using a really lean turkey or chicken then you may want to consider adding a little oil.
  • 2 pounds turkey thigh meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (I used Santa Maria)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, finely chopped
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups madeira
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 10 drops of liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 5 medium sized yukon gold potatoes (peeled, cubed and boiled)
  • 1/2 individual cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (rice or other)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slices of Havarti cheese
  • 24 asparagus stalks, ends cut off
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of Bibb lettuce or any other that will wrap nicely, washed and leaves peeled off to make lettuce cups
  1. In a large bowl combine the turkey meat, seasoning salt, salt, shallots, garlic, thyme and pepper
  2. Knead it until everything has dispersed evenly
  3. Make 8 burger patty’s out of the meat and put them in a large skillet on medium high heat and cook them until there is no pink, about 3 minutes each side (SEE NOTE)
  4. While your burgers are cooking you can start the sauce
  5. In a medium sized saucepan add the madeira, beef stock, coconut sugar, liquid smoke, salt, and a couple good pinches of pepper.
  6. Once it has combined and the sugar has melted down add the arrowroot powder
  7. You will have to continue whisking like crazy to get the arrowroot broken down (chase it around the saucepan!)
  8. Cook the sauce for at least 10 minutes on medium heat until the sauce has thickened up
  9. Feel free to add more arrowroot powder if the sauce isn’t thick enough for you!
  10. The last thing you are going to cook up is the asparagus
  11. Everything is going to take about 10-15 minutes to cook so you can start everything at the same time and just switch from one thing to the next.
  12. Grab a cast iron grill pan and add your asparagus to it
  13. Pour the olive oil on top of the asparagus and turn the heat to medium high.
  14. You want to get a nice little char going on
  15. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the asparagus
  16. Mash the potatoes and add the greek yogurt, milk, pepper, salt and combine well. Set aside.
  17. Go to your skillet with the turkey burgers and a good scoop of mashed potatoes (flatten them down), add three slices of asparagus to the top of each burger with mashed potatoes and then top it with havarti cheese. Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet to allow the cheese to melt. This should take just a couple of minutes.
  18. Once the cheese has melted place the patty’s on top of a lettuce cup, then add madeira sauce and top with another lettuce cup.
  19. Wrap them is desired!
  20. Serve immediately!


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