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September 9, 2009

Summer is officially winding down but it’s not over yet! I am all for making the most of the last steamy days of the season and the food traditions they herald.

We had a Labor Day grilling extravaganza and rocked two awesome recipes!

Turkey Burgers

This one is Dan’s recipe – he makes turkey burgers all the time on the grill. We agreed that these were his best to date!


(Makes four massive burgers)

  • 1 lb ground turkey thigh (use this as opposed to turkey breast because it’s more flavorful and holds together better in burger form)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 egg (essential for holding the patties together since turkey burgers are known for collapsing easily)
  • salt and pepper
  • canola oil, for basting
  • burger buns (potato rolls are great for these burgers)


To create the breadcrumbs chef Dan used a slice of Whole Food’s organic multi seed bread (which is delicious incidentally!) and toasted it in a 350F oven before crumbling it into small pieces, like so:

Grab a large-ish bowl and combine the ground turkey, onion, cilantro, garlic and breadcrumbs.

Crack the egg into the mixture and combine. Try not to over work the mixture.

Form patties with your delicious burger mixture, like so:

Top Tip: place the raw patties in the fridge for half an hour to an hour before grilling so that they firm up and the flavors meld beautifully.

Before grilling, baste the patties with some canola oil and grind some good salt and pepper on each side.

Buttering your buns and grilling them slightly before constructing the burgers is another top tip for ultimate deliciousness!

Ta da!

Add whatever fixings your heart desires. We had raw red onion, fresh heirloom tomato slices and sriracha-ketchup.

Served alongside a nice “whole protein” as our friend enjoyed pointing out: rice and beans. And of course, there was some guacamole.

The real stars of the show with these burgers for me are the egg that holds them together and makes them super thick and filling, as well as the cilantro. They are truly delicious burgers, perfect for late summer grilling.

Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Mascarpone

I have been trying to find a use for the massive amount of mascarpone we have left over from making French Toast a couple weeks back (I hate wasting food!). When I looked online grilled fruit seemed to be the way to go and I adapted this recipe to make my grilled peaches.

As with most things I make, it is super easy even though the end result with these was amazingly decadent in appearance and taste! Hooray to that!

I halved the quantities used in the original recipe to get what you see below and did not use a vanilla bean since I couldn’t really justify the $10.00 price tag for one dessert! I’m pretty sure it did not matter one bit.


  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1.5 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 2 ripe, but firm peached, halved


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high
  2. Stir 1/2 a teaspoon vanilla extract and all the honey into your mascarpone until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over a low heat and stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and remaining vanilla extract.
  4. Slice peaches in half, removing pits. Brush butter/sugar glaze over the peaches.
  5. Place peaches cut side down on the grill and cook for about four minutes on each side or until tender – be sure to get those awesome grill marks now!
  6. Transfer to a plate or platter and spoon a dollop of mascarpone into the center of each peach half. Devour!

I can’t find words to describe how rich and velvety this dish was. The sweetness of the peaches was really enriched by the buttery, sugary glaze and the mascarpone was just about the most beautiful thing I have tasted in a while – I couldn’t stop taking scoops from the bowl with my fingers!

This recipe or something similar would work well with pears as well I think. The great thing about it is how easy it is to make and how versatile the flavor is – cinnamon and vanilla make a lot of things zing!

I know some people are scared ofmascarpone because they haven’t heard of it or don’t know how to use it. Bear in mind that this is not a cheesy cheese in terms of flavor. It’s a triple cream made from creme fraiche, hence all the sweet recipes I have been using it for (it’s a major ingredient in tiramasu too) but I also plan on adding it to a homemade tomato sauce soon and I think it would work really well in risotto too.

Enjoy your end of summer grilling adventures!

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Maya September 9, 2009 at 11:59 am

those peaches look soo good! love the idea/recipe!



talesfromtwocities September 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Those peaches look divine! Mascarpone is so versatile.


nourishing mornings September 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

love grilling peaches for salads, but i must try this recipe it looks absolutely delicious, and such an easy healthy dessert :)



Dee September 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

REALLY lovely grilled food!

i wanted to BBQ peaches, but my dad got pears on accident haha

those turkey burgers look SO GOOD. i love them piled high with veggies, avocado and mustard! YUM!!! basically how you have them shown.


Holly September 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm

oh my me lady…you have OUTDONE yourself. why was i not hanging out with you and the danman on labor day? suriously.

those turkey burgers look bomb (i think the only possible thing i can think of that would have made them even awesomer is avocado :)) and those peaches are GORGE!

hope you are well – i had to send you an e-mail this morning because i was like, i feel like i haven't talked to you in forever (and forever, as in saturday :).

have a wondrous day? xxx hollykins


Janetha September 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

woah! looks straight out of a restaurant my dear. i am loving everything in this post, you and dan should open a cafe! haha. peaches are my absolute favorite, and grill marks do something special to food, no? so impressed!! love you lots!


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Faaaaaabulous recipes!!

Seriously – a buttered and grilled bun is so unbeliveably simple – yet adds soooo much to a burger. If/when I have a bun w/ my barger – they must be buttered & grilled!!


K from ksgoodeats September 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Grilled peaches = LOVE!! I hope the unpacking is going well and that the hub's hand is feeling better :)


Haleigh September 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Fantastic grill recipes :) I wish I had a grill.. sigh, apartment living. Love the peaches with mascarpone.. it sounds delicious.


Joy of Food September 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I've been grilling today too, taking advantage of the sun. I'm really into peaches and ice cream to thanks for the recipe. I love the size of those burgers, I just love to see stacked sandwiches like that full of stuff.



platipus329 September 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I love me some grilled peaches. I'll need to try topping them next time!


Taylor September 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

OMG those peaches look soooo good. I love grilled peaches – tastes like an actual pie. And I'm saving that turkey burger recipe. I love turkey burger!! And I love cilantro. So those look great.

Have a wonderful Humpday!!


Jenny September 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

consider yourself invited to every BBQ I ever host for the rest of me life .. insolong as you're willing to recreate those recipes.. kapeesh?


april September 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for the turkey burger recipe! I love turkey burgers but the ones we buy are so high in sodium.. what a great alternative!!


ohonemorething September 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Those peaches + mascarpone look freaking awesome. Gotta look up more recipes for it. How about tiramisu? Or making some filling with it and fruits for some crepes?

And those buns, hun ;) Where'd you get them? They looked homebaked.


Christina- MINDFUL LIVING September 9, 2009 at 7:39 pm

so awesome that dan made his own breadcrumbs…good tip to leave them in the fridge for awhile too! and when is saw those peaches my mouth literally produced massive amounts of saliva haha….looks so so good!


Michelle September 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Mmm those turkey burgers and peaches look delicious! What a great Labor Day feast!


Susan September 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Thank you for the turkey burger recipe!! That's one thing I've always wanted to make, but never really knew quite how (still new to the meat eating thing. I like the idea of making your own breadcrumbs for it :) I say you better hang on to that man if he can make a good burger! :P


runsrests September 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Rich and velvety?! Oh, I'm all ears.

And thanks for the butter-then-grill the buns tip. I can almost smell your AWESOME burgers all the way here. :D


BroccoliHut September 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

What a tower of a burger! Those peaches look fab.


Abby September 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

Holy crap! Since you've moved, you have totally turned into a Food Network star!

I'm still hitting the garbage disposal switch instead of the light in my kitchen (usually in the middle of the night, no less) and you're a grande gourmet :)


Jen (Running With Cake) September 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I made turkey burgers similar to yours a few weeks ago and am thinking about pulling one out of the freezer tonight! I don't think mine look as good as yours though – ha!


Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) September 11, 2009 at 7:06 am

Those turkey burgers look wonderful! I made some for my first time a while back. It was a rachel ray recipe, but they were cooked indoors…not on the grill. I think the grill is needed for optimum flavor, so I'll need to remake some soon! :-)

Have a wonderful Friday!


mamasweeds September 11, 2009 at 11:47 am

I don't have a grill anymore but I definitely want to try grilled peaches! They look so pretty, and tasty to boot.

I don't think I've even HEARD of mascarpone, but it absolutely looks like something I would devour in a heart beat.


Brooke September 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm


Pre-veg days, I looooved turkey burgers and the sides of guac and rice and beans look divine. Espesh the guac because guac just rules ALL!

And the dessert ?!?!?! Marscapone is SOOO good and SO Giada-Food Networky of you :D


skinny latte September 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Those peaches look amazing!! YUM!


runnerskitchen September 16, 2009 at 9:39 am

I'm so behind in my blog reading and commenting, but your grilled peaches with mascarpone look amazing! I think they're the most delicious thing I've seen on a blog all week :-)


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