Since we are all probably a little turkey’d out, here is a fresh and new recipe to help shake up your meal plan this holiday! This recipe will be on our new meal planner tonight, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek since we all LOVED these burgers!!

When we were in New York a couple weeks ago we ate at a place called Griffon Gastro Pub in Niagara Falls (although it’s a ‘pub’ it felt more like a regular restaurant and would be kid friendly).  Holy cow, this place was unreal good!! It was just the small town, hole in the wall, food joint I wanted to eat at while in New York. From the outside it looks like nothing exciting, but there menu was amazing! Todd and I ordered several things to share, and one of those was a Bacon Jam Burger. It is their most popular burger and had the components of sweet, salty and sour. It had a balsamic berry jam, thick slice of bacon, flavorful patty and a creamy garlic aeoli spread. We were in HEAVEN and loved every bite. I knew once I was home, I would want to recreate it. I decided to switch up the ‘berry jam’ with a cranberry compote that gave this burger a really fun flair. The creamy spread, thick bacon and meaty patty was everything I dreamed it would be! I can’t wait for you to give this gourmet burger a try. You’re going to love it!!

Cranberry Cream Cheese Burgers
  1. 3 lb. ground beef or turkey
  2. 1 onion, minced
  3. 1 Tbs. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  4. 1 bacon, cooked and crumbled
  1. 1-2 cups baby spinach
  2. 8 pkg. hamburger buns
Cranberry Jam
  1. 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 orange, juiced and zested
  4. 1 jalapeno, diced
Garlic Cream Spread
  1. 4 oz. cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced (or garlic powder)
  4. Salt and pepper
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  1. In a sauce pan, add the cranberry jam ingredients together and bring to a simmer. Let this mixture simmer until thick. With a potato masher, mash the berries to your liking.
  2. In a saute pan, place the bacon (optional) and cook until crispy. Remove from the pan and let the grease drain.
  3. For the burger, combine all of the ingredients together and mix well. Heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Form the patties into thick burgers and place on the hot grill. Cook on both sides until beef is no longer pink in the center.
  4. While you're cooking the burgers, mix together the cream cheese, mayo, garlic and salt and pepper together. Once the burgers are cooked, place them on a hamburger bun, spread the bun with the garlic cream spread, spinach and cranberry jam. Top the burger with the bacon and serve.
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