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Bacon-Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Grilled Peaches

Jamika Pessoa's Bacon-Stuffed Turkey Burger
Jamika Pessoa's Bacon-Stuffed Turkey BurgerNathan Congleton/TODAY
Cook Time:
25 mins
Prep Time:
15 mins

Chef notes

This burger covers all flavor bases: it's sweet, savory, spicy, cheesy ... and bacon-y. It is so easy to make and it screams "surprise!" with the additional treat of bacon and cheese on the inside.

Technique tip: Try adding freshly grilled fruit to burgers to switch things up. Instead of peaches, you can also top this burger with grilled tomato, mango or pineapple slices.

Swap options: You can use ground beef or ground chicken instead of turkey.


  • 6-8 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large peaches, pitted and sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 6 brioche hamburger buns



In a small bowl, mix crumbled bacon and cheese.


In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce together.


Divide meat into six patties, using a 1/2-cup measuring cup and leveling each scoop.


Using your fingers, form a well or slight hole in the middle of each burger. Fill with a couple tablespoons of the bacon and cheese mixture. Form the sides of the burger over the filling, completely covering filling with turkey meat. Gently press to form a round burger.


Heat a nonstick sauté pan or grill over medium-high heat. Cook burgers for 6-8 minutes per side, until burger is cooked throughout to 165°F and cheese is melted.


In small bowl, toss sliced peaches with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Place on grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.


In small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, hot sauce and garlic powder until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


To assemble the burger, spread the spicy mayo on the bottom bun. Top with arugula and the turkey burger. Place the peach slices on top and cover with more mayo and the top bun.