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Mr. T’s Pepperoni Bacon Turkey Burgers w/ Homemade Fries

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What can I say??? Both of my kids LOVE watching cooking shows and helping me out in the kitchen. So what happens when your six year old comes running to you and asks to plan your next dinner? If you’re my kid… it’s this…this right here.

I have to admit, I’m proud of him. He planned out his meal, made a list of ingredients, and helped me execute it all like the mini chef that he is…down to the smallest detail.  I can’t forget to mention that Baby Girl helped us out too… and enjoyed every minute.

Mr. T wanted homemade fries and lavender lemonade to go along with his burgers, so we worked on those two things as well. You can eventually catch those recipes in the links down below the burger recipe.

Let’s Go Shopping!

Being a busy homeschooling mom, I try and save time and my sanity whenever I can. So, although the kids and I do make actual trips to the grocery store from time to time, I especially find it helpful when I can order everything I need online, pull up the the store, have my groceries loaded up, and go! If you’d like to try Wal-Mart’s  free grocery pickup service click here for details. They’ll give you $10 just for using their service for the first time.  I use it quite frequently and love it! They have decent prices and several natural and organic items to choose from if that’s what you are looking for. They’ve even begun carrying brands and goods that I’d normally have to go to other chains or health food stores to buy.

Kroger offers a similar service that’s free for the first 3 orders. There are also a couple of other companies out there that will actually deliver directly to your door…but I’ll  get all of that info together and save it for another post.

Let’s Get Cookin’!

Ok! Ready to get down in the kitchen with the kiddos? Below you’ll find a few snapshots I took while preparing  our meal, along with the recipe to Mr. T’s Pepperoni ‘n Bacon Turkey Burgers.

We started off by slicing up potatoes for our homemade french fries.
Seasoned fries are extra delicious!
Seasoning the meat is important too. Everyone wanted their turn.
I love cast iron skillet cooking.
And there you have it! Turkey burgers, home made fries and dipping sauce, and lavender pink lemonade!

Mr. T’s Pepperoni ‘n Bacon Turkey Burgers

  • 2lbs of ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • lemon pepper Mrs. Dash
  • Salt ( I use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt)
  • Ketchup
  • Deli sliced pepperoni
  • Bacon ( Natural smoked uncured bacon is my favorite)
  • Additional toppings of your choice!

In a bowl, mix together the meat, oats, olive oil, ketchup, and seasonings. Season to taste. I’m no pro so I have no idea what the exact measurements are. Form out your burger patties and place them  in a lightly oiled skillet cooking on each side until done.  The great thing about cooking in a cast iron skillet is that you can pop them all into the oven for a little bit if you feel the need to make sure the center is done.

When it comes to cooking bacon, everybody has their own way of doing it. I just can’t seem to get a handle on frying it up in a pan. Bacon grease starts popping and it’s a sure recipe for disaster. For me, I place the strips on a baking sheet and place on the oven between 425-450 degrees and watch it like a hawk. It comes out nice and crispy every time and saves my arms form the hot grease.

I like to throw the pepperoni over in the skillet for a minute or two and toast the buns e-v-e-r so slightly.  I also make a little dipping sauce by mixing ketchup, smoked paprika, and pepper. It’s soooo good.   Afterwards, place the turkey patties on burger buns, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy! They really were VERY good!

The End Result

Overall, dinner was fantastic. It was so much fun watching the kids plan everything out and work together to get it done.  Believe it or not,  I used to assign projects like this as a part of our homeschool curriculum. Now my son is actually volunteering to prepare meals and learning valuable life skills in the process. It’s a lot of work and clean up, but I honestly can’t complain.

Drop me a line if you end up trying this out with your family. I’d love to hear about it!


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