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Turkey burger Mity Nice.

Turkey burger at Mity Nice.

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Updated: May 28, 2011 12:15AM

Thanks to Larry Donahue, chef of Mity Nice at Water Tower Place, there’s no reason to wait until May to enjoy National Hamburger Month. Nor is there reason to restrict your burgers to ground beef or blah flavors.

Donahue, a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, shares his inspired recipes for Peppercorn Burgers, meatless Mushroom Burgers and Turkey Burgers.

To make 4 Mity Nice Turkey Burgers:

In 2 tablespoons olive oil, saute ¼ cup chopped yellow onions, 1 teaspoon chopped, peeled garlic and 1/8 cup chopped green pepper until vegetables are light golden.

Cool and mix with 2 pounds ground turkey, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper.

Form into 4 patties; place on sheet pan and refrigerate until chilled, 30 minutes to 1 hours. Season patties with salt and pepper; fry, broil or grill patties until well-done (165 degrees) but not overdone. Lightly toast 4 buns. Serve with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato slices, as desired.

If you prefer pros to make your burgers, Mity Nice chefs will feature a specialty burger every day of the week, repeating weekly, during May.


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