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Caesar Salad Turkey Burger

June 24, 2010

Who doesn’t love Caesar salad? The crisp romaine lettuce, the tangy yet creamy dressing, the cheese and the croutons. Its light yet decadent at the same time. A staple at any restaurant, from the fanciest French bistro to the pub around the corner.

The only real problem I have with Caesar salad is how difficult it is to get the spelling correct. Thank goodness for spell check.

My Mom makes the most amazing Caesar salad dressing (of course!) courtesy of Delia Smith. Made in a blender, the ingredients emulsify to the point where they being to foam, creating luscious waves of Parmesan and anchovy goodness. I believe Caesar dressing to be the one time parents ignore the “don’t eat raw eggs” rule. Just don’t tell the kids. See Mom, cookie dough is good for you!

I, however, have never attempted this dressing on my own, not so much because of any level of difficulty (there is none) but because I tend to save such rich dressings for special occasions. And my dinner party tally is still at 1. But as the summer comes streaming in and defeating my air conditioner, Caesar has been on my brain.

When I saw the recipe for Caesar Salad Burgers on Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice it went right to the top of my list of “next burger to make”. Not only did it include the Caesar salad I crave, but has a simple, light dressing recipe, sans eggs and vast amounts of cheese, yet still produces the perfect creamy tang expected from a Caesar-ed leaf.

Caesar Salad Turkey Burger (adapted from Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice)

For the Burgers

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

For the Dressing

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 and 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 anchovies, minced to a paste

2 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper

You will also need

1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped

Hamburger buns

Olive oil to serve

Parmesan cheese (or if you are like me and didn’t have any, goat cheese)

First, make the dressing. Whisk all of the ingredients together until they are well blended.

Mix all of the burger ingredients together. Shape into 4 – 6 patties (depending on how big you like them). Grill until no longer pink in the middle, about 5 minutes either side.

Toss the lettuce with the dressing.

Toast the hamburger buns, either in a toaster or under the oven broiler, until lightly brown. Drizzle with some olive oil.

Place some of the lettuce on the bun and top with the turkey burger. Top that with the cheese and the top of the bun.

Serve with a side of the salad and carrot fries.

All hail Caesar!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2010 5:46 am

    Ooh, I’d love to try a vegetarian version of this! Looks tasty!

  2. June 25, 2010 9:20 am

    What an awesome idea! The crispiness of the lettuce with the creaminess of the cheese and the chewy burger. Awesome.

  3. June 25, 2010 10:04 am

    How creative!! I used to love ordering a ceasar salad wrap from this one place we used to go to a lot. This burger looks sooooooooo good!!

  4. June 25, 2010 10:13 am

    I’m so glad you tried the burger! It is one of my favorites and will definitely be a repeat in my house. I really loved the dressing – it had the Caesar flavor without the eggs – amazing!

  5. June 25, 2010 10:27 am

    OMFG. Will probbbbs be making this for datecation lunch today — Eric and I had a long convo last night about our love for Caesar (sp?) salads. This is mind-blowing amazing.

  6. June 25, 2010 11:06 am

    i love caesar salad. which is why i was so happy when i found a raw recipe! looks great!

  7. June 27, 2010 12:01 pm

    Yum – this is such a great idea! I’m happy it’s summer and burger season!

  8. August 6, 2010 6:37 pm

    FIGHT FOR the THRONE

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