Barbecues and Tailgate Parties: Hatch Fever Turkey Burger

Hatch Fever Turkey Burger

Labor Day weekend has evolved into so much more than a celebration of the contributions of American workers. It signals the confluence of several all-American rites: the end of summer, the beginning of a new school year, harvest season and, for avid sports fans, it is where the best of both worlds collide: baseball and football. Baseball season ignites in the final stretch to the playoffs and football fans are pumped up as a new season kicks off. The agony of defeat in one area can be smothered by the excitement of the possibilities that lie ahead. For some of us, it just means more fun barbecues and tailgate parties!

For our family, the end of summer and beginning of fall also means we are celebrating another wedding anniversary (this year it was #24!), my birthday (which often falls on Labor Day weekend) and College Girl’s big day a week later, followed by Don’s birthday in October and then it’s the holidays! Basically, the festivities don’t end until January 2nd!

Hatch Fever Turkey Burger

For summer’s last hurrah, I came up with this flavorful turkey burger with a slight kick from Hatch chiles two ways. Forget the bland turkey burgers we’ve all experienced and spice it up with Hatch chile powder (mild or hot depending on your taste buds) and some smoked sweet paprika. But don’t stop there, just as bread can make or break a sandwich, a flacid white bun can kill a burger. Get the best buns you can – the ones I choose are baked by OC Baking Company – a premiere artisan bakery here in Orange County which supplies many of the OC’s finest restaurants, burger bars and delis. You can purchase them at their store in Orange or at several area farmers markets. Living in SoCal I might be grilling this burger on New Years Day :)

Hatch Fever Turkey Burger

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 Enjoy the long weekend and happy tailgating!

3 Responses to “Barbecues and Tailgate Parties: Hatch Fever Turkey Burger”

  1. Ally's Kitchen August 30 at 1:15 pm #

    Wow, this sounds so good, Priscilla…love the fact that you’ve got the Hatch chilis in two ways w/the burger…and, you’re right about a bun! :)

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 30 at 1:24 pm #

    Yes to turkey burgers with that fab pesto. Perfect for the weekend!

  3. Patty September 4 at 4:16 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve seen such a good looking turkey burger! I think you have Hatch fever and it’s contagious!!! Happy Birthday (s) and anniversary-lots of good things to celebrate with your loved ones 😉 Hamburger buns aren’t that difficult to make-just need a little advance planning but how nice you have a good bakery in your hood 😉

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