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Turkey burgers are too often the bland, virtuous cousins of burly beef burgers. But a turkey patty—especially if it’s made from ground dark-meat turkey and seasoned properly—can be just as robust as a standard hamburger. Here we give turkey burgers a red-blooded makeover, with smoky BBQ sauce, red onion, and soy, and pair them on the bun with crispy bacon slices and bread-and-butter pickles. If you’re averse to bacon, feel free to leave it off—there’ll be plenty of flavor without it.
Game plan: For extra credit, make your own hamburger buns.