Turkey Burger Panini with a garlic aioli spread


A go-to quick and delicious dinner for me has got to be Paninis or grilled sandwiches.  It’s a meal that’s hard to mess up as pretty much anything can go between a couple of slices of bread.  Add some cheese and heat it until melty and warm and voila… an instant meal that looks like you really planned it out.

This turkey burger Panini is kind of like a patty melt.  The addition of the grilled onion and a garlic aioli spread really set it over the top.


Turkey Burger Panini
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Recipe type: Grilled Sandwich, Panini
Cuisine: Main Dish, What's For Dinner
Serves: 4
  • For the Sandwich:
  • 8 slices of whole grain bread (or the bread of your choice)
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 large Vidalia onion - sliced into thick rounds
  • 4 slices of Swiss or Monterey Jack cheese (8 slices if you want 2 slices of cheese per sandwich, the more cheese the better right?)
  • For the garlic aioli sauce:
  • 1 cup mayo - I use canola mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Preheat the grill or griddle to medium high heat.
  2. Mix the Montreal seasoning into the ground turkey with your hands
  3. Form into 4 patties and use your thumb to put an indentation into the middle of each burger to prevent the burger from popping up in the middle when cooking
  4. Place the burgers onto the grill/griddle and cook to an internal temperature of 170 degrees. Turn the burger only once and don't press down on that burger with your spatula while cooking unless you want a dried out burger!
  5. Brush the onion slices with olive oil on both sides
  6. Cook the onions on the grill/skillet until nicely browned, turn and repeat on the other side.
  7. Butter one side of each slice of bread
  8. Assemble the sandwich with the garlic aioli spread on the bread (opposite side as the butter).
  9. Layer the cheese, burger patty, grilled onion, another slice of cheese (if desired)
  10. Place the sandwiches in the Panini maker or on the griddle and cook until both sides of the bread are nicely browned and the cheese is melted.
  11. For the garlic aioli
  12. Blend all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined
  13. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before eating



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