When I started this blog 2 years ago (AH! Happy blogiversary to me!) I was obsessed with tv and movies, to the point where I was sort of a snob about it. Kevin has helped me mellow out a lot since then, which is good. Because almost as soon as I stopped watching every episode of every tv show ever, and then immediately going online to the AV club to read the reviews, I suddenly had time to, I don't know, publish two books.
Learn how to take pretty pictures.
Teach myself graphic design.
You get the picture.
But there are several shows I will never abandon. Some of them are stupid and fun (Face-Off, Arrested Development, Archer), and some of them are highly regarded (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Parks and Rec).
But one of the greatest shows ever, of course, is Breaking Bad. With the final season premiering THIS WEEKEND (!!!) Kevin and I decided we needed to honor TV's biggest badass with his very own burger.
Known only to his enemies as Heisenberg, Walter White, the genius cook behind the highly addictive blue meth that is sweeping the streets of Albuquerque, is a complete and total badass.
He started out as a dweeby science teacher, but in the past several seasons has transformed miraculously before our eyes. We love him, and we're terrified of him.
After all, he does the knocking.
So it seemed fitting to give him what looks to be on the outside like a boring, healthy turkey burger, but is really packed with a hell of a lot of flavor.
you will need:
- 8 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
- 1 package ground turkey breast (1-1.3 pounds)
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1/2 small red bell pepper
- 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped (less if you want it to be milder)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons tabasco
- 2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (or a mix of salt and coarsely ground black pepper)
- sliced pepper jack cheese
- burger rolls
Now, Kevin's landlady in Buffalo has a stunning garden that she has so graciously invited us to use for our culinary adventures. So we had an abundance of fresh thyme, as well as fresh jalapeños.
Chop up all your veggies and herbs.
Add them to a large bowl with the ground turkey, mix to combine. Add the spices. Divide into four evenly sized balls and form into patties.
On a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat, drizzle a little bit of vegetable oil (or reserved bacon grease!) and cook burgers for 5-6 minutes per side. In the last couple minutes of cooking, placed the sliced pepper jack cheese on top so it gets all melty and sexy like.
Load up your spicy burgers with the bacon, lettuce, and maybe some chipotle ranch salad dressing? Hmmm? That's what we used, and it was awesome.
We had the dressing for our sexy southwest style salad that we had alongside the burgers.
I'll post that recipe soon, once I come up with a fun name for it.
Overall, it was a deliciously spicy meal. And one that WW would be proud of.
Stay tuned for more breaking bad themed recipes, perfect for your sunday night viewing party!
Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray, and I HIGHLY recommend making her "spicy O-nuts," or as most people call them, onion rings. They were amazing alongside the burger.