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Jen's White Burger

Jen's White Burger

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 13 mins to 15 mins

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This sandwich looks a bit plain, but appearances can be deceiving. It's packed with flavor. Mustard, herbs and lemon zest season the meat, which is topped with wine-poached pears, sharp cheddar and pepper jelly. The recipe comes from Jen Smallwood of Portsmouth, Virginia, who earned an honorable mention in our 2012 Best of the Midwest recipe contest.


  • 1 medium ripe Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (set aside)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons green jalapeno jelly
  • 4 ciabatta rolls, split and toasted


  1. In a medium skillet, combine the pear slices, wine, lemon juice and enough water to just cover the pears. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer until the pear softens, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pear slices to a plate; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the turkey, green onions, mustard, lemon peel, thyme, salt and pepper. Shape into 4 equal patties.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the turkey patties and cook, turning once, for 8 to 10 minutes or until no longer pink (170 degrees F). Top with pear slices and cheese. Cover and cook until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Spread 1 tablespoon jelly on each roll bottom. Top with a turkey burger and the roll top.

Nutrition Facts

(Jen's White Burger)

Servings Per Recipe 4, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 42, sugar (g) 19, sodium (mg) 964, iron (mg) 2, Potassium (mg) 117, vit. A (IU) 389, cal. (kcal) 465, vit. C (mg) 6, pro. (g) 36, sat. fat (g) 6, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 5, Folate (µg) 8, fiber (g) 6, calcium (mg) 242, Thiamin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 14, Riboflavin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 85, Niacin (mg) 0

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