It is true. I cannot be trusted around olives. I love them all so much. In fact, I do embarrassing things like stick them on my (sausage) fingers in public. You can’t take me anywhere.
This was a lot easier when I was 10.
I think it is the salty, briny taste of the olives that get me. Green, black, kalamata… I have yet to meet an olive I don’t like. And what, my friends, goes perfectly with olives? Goat cheese.
And then I got the idea to put the olives and goat cheese in a burger and the world exploded.
I will also show you how to make these fabulous buns, but that is for another post.
Black Olive & Goat Cheese Turkey Burgers (makes 4 burgers)
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup black olives, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper
In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, olives, goat cheese, the beaten egg, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix gently with your hands, trying not to over-mix but being sure to distribute the egg, olives, and cheese evenly. Break into 4 equal parts and gently roll into balls then flatten, setting aside. Heat a cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet to high heat with cooking spray until hot (test by splashing a bit of water off your fingers into the skillet — it should sizzle when ready). Turn heat down to medium-high and place the burger patties in the skillet with space between. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for another 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer if you’re worried about them not being done enough after 20 minutes (use the guidelines for poultry — 170* means done!)