White Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Poached Bartlett Pears and Sigona’s Sweet Red Pepper Relish

Make this once and you’ll want to make every time pear season rolls around!

You can serve this bun-less for a gluten-free option, too.

White Cheddar Turkey Burgers with Poached Bartlett Pears and Sigona’s Sweet Red Pepper Relish

Don’t make us twist your arm; the poached pear on this burger, topped with melted cheese, will keep you coming back for more. Try it with either our Sweet Red Pepper Relish or jalapeño jelly and you won’t regret it! Inspired by Rachael Ray. Serves 6.
Course Main Course
Servings 6



  • 2 lbs. ground turkey breast
  • 4 green onions white parts only, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme chopped (fresh makes a difference)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large Bartlett pear firm but ripe, cut lengthwise into six 1/4-inch thick slices (core carefully cut out if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbsp. Sigona’s Fresh Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar such as Sigona’s Moo-Net, a California white cheddar
  • Sigona’s Sweet Red Pepper Relish OR jalapeño jelly at least 6 Tbsp.
  • 6 extra-large English muffins split and toasted (Sourdough is nice)


  • Directions: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the turkey, green onions, mustard, lemon peel and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Shape into six 3/4 inch-thick patties.
  • In a small nonstick skillet, add the pear slices, wine, lemon juice and enough water to just cover the pear. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the pear is softened, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pear slices to a plate.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the turkey patties and cook, turning once, for 12 minutes. Top with the cheese and pear slices, tent the pan with foil and cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Spread about 1 tablespoon pepper relish on each English muffin bottom; top with a patty and an English muffin top. Serve immediately.
Keyword pears
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