Sandwich #140–“You Make the Birthday Plans” Turkey Burgers with Bacon

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DSC_0823My friends want me to have a birthday party for myself, but then I end up having to make the plans. I don’t want to do any work to enjoy my birthday. Instead, I’ll make E do it.

“Honey, if you want me to make the arrangements, I will,” he offered.
“Okay, go ahead.”
“Tell me who to invite.”
Assembling an invite list? Too much work.

I don’t want to be bothered with sending out invitations or organizing a bunch of people to come out at a specific time to a expensive dinner and celebrate me. I’d rather just text people at, say, 4PM, to meet me for after work drinks at a local bar. “Then, tell me who to text!” E said.

“Honey, just forget it,” I moped. I don’t know if it was the stress of having to plan a party, or the pressure of getting older. Either way, I had lost the desire to celebrate.

As I sulked, I made turkey burgers. They were easy, unlike planning my birthday gathering, and satisfying, unlike planning my birthday gathering. I wanted bacon to add some flavor, and I found this really tasty Stubbs Honey Pecan barbecue sauce that would pair with the bacon wonderfully. I added cilantro for a refreshing kick, to cut some of the sweetness of the sauce. I had lunch ready in 20 minutes, and E and I ate together on the balcony

Once I had some food in my system, I thought more rationally. “Okay honey, you can text a few people to come out for me.” He did, and the next day my six closest friends gathered at a bar for drinks. It was no fuss, not complicated and a fun time was had by all. Happy Birthday to me.

1 pound ground lean turkey
1/3 cup cilantro chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
4-5 strips of bacon
4 hamburger buns
4-5 romaine lettuce leaves
4 tablespoons Stubb’s Honey Pecan barbecue sauce

In a large, non-stick skillet, fry bacon to desired crispness. Remove from heat and place on paper towel lined plate, to allow excess grease to drain off.

In a large bowl, mix turkey, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, paprika salt and pepper until well blended. Form 4 one inch thick patties with the meat with your hand. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook patties until no longer pink in the middle, about 5-7 minutes on each side, flipping once. Remove from heat and place on paper towel lined plate, to allow excess grease to drain off.

Toast buns. Slather on Stubb’s Honey Pecan BBQ sauce on both sides of bun. Layer on romaine lettuce, then place burger on top of lettuce. Place bacon strips on top of burger, then top with top of bun. Serve with chips or pretzels. Makes four burgers.

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