Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers

These super simple Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers are the BEST homemade burgers around. Simple ingredients with TONS of flavor!

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Ever since I made my own Homemade Ranch Seasoning the floodgates of recipe ideas have been opened. Ranch seasoning adds so much delicious, tangy, herby flavor to everything, including burgers. These Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers are so stupid easy and crazy delicious that I might just never go out for burgers again. And as always, I’ve got plenty of ingredient options for you below. 👇

an oval platter with turkey burgers on a tiled surface

It’s All About the Ranch Seasoning

ALL of the flavor in these turkey burgers comes from ranch seasoning mix. I used my own homemade ranch seasoning, but you can just make this quick and easy using a store-bought packet of Hidden Valley (or any other brand) of ranch seasoning. You’ll need one packet, which is about 3 Tbsp.

Can I Use a Different Type of Meat?

Yes, you can make your bacon ranch burgers using ground beef, ground pork, or even ground chicken. I chose turkey because the light flavor doesn’t compete too much with the ranch seasoning, and I like the texture of ground turkey better than ground chicken.

You’ll want to use ground meat with a little fat to keep the burgers moist and tender.

Close up side view of a ranch turkey burger held in hands

Other Burger Topping Ideas

I topped my burgers with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, so it was kind of like a BLT on steroids. But you can change up the toppings if you’re not a fan of what I used. Here are some other topping ideas that would work well with these ranch burgers:

  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Red onion
  • Ranch dressing
  • French fried onions
  • Coleslaw
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Comeback sauce

What to Serve with Ranch Burgers

I served my Ranch Burgers with some baked fries, but there are so many delicious sides that would go great with these burgers. A little potato salad would be awesome, or maybe some Broccoli Pasta Salad, Classic Creamy Coleslaw, or a simple side salad.

Side view of a platter full of bacon ranch turkey burgers
Close up side view of a ranch turkey burger held in hands

Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers

These super simple Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers are the BEST homemade burgers around. Simple ingredients with TONS of flavor!
Total Cost $12.15 recipe / $3.04 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 541kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon $2.99
  • 1 lb. ground turkey $3.99
  • 3 Tbsp ranch seasoning mix* $0.53
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 4 slices cheese (optional) $1.15
  • 4 hamburger buns $1.25
  • 1 tomato $1.40
  • 4 leaves lettuce $0.55
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise $0.25

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon using the directions on the package or the method of your choice (skillet, oven, microwave) until brown and crispy.
  • Add the ground turkey to a bowl along with the ranch seasoning mix. Using your hands, mix the ranch seasoning into the ground turkey.
  • Divide the ground turkey into four equal amounts, then shape into burger patties. The meat will contract quite a bit as it cooks, so make the patties quite wide and flat (about 4.5 inches in diameter).
  • Add a little cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium. Once the skillet is hot, add the burger patties and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until the burgers are browned and cooked through.
  • If using cheese, add a slice of cheese to each burger, place a lid on the skillet and allow the heat to melt the cheese.
  • While the burgers are cooking, slice the tomato. Build the burgers using the buns, tomatoes, lettuce, cooked bacon, and mayonnaise. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can use store-bought or homemade ranch seasoning. If your ranch seasoning is in bulk rather than a single packet, use about 3 Tbsp.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 1385mg | Fiber: 1g
a bacon ranch turkey burger in a basket with fries

How to Make Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers – Step by Step Photos

cooked bacon strips on a paper towel lined plate

Cook 8 strips of bacon until brown and crispy using either the instructions on the package or your favorite method. I like to cook my bacon in the oven. Here is my tutorial on how to cook bacon in the oven.

ground turkey in a bowl with ranch seasoning

Add one pound ground turkey to a bowl with 3 Tbsp (one packet) ranch seasoning or homemade ranch seasoning mix. Mix the seasoning into the meat until evenly combined.

Shaped turkey burger patties

Divide the meat into four equal portions and then shape them into patties. The meat will contract quite a bit as it cooks, so make them much wider and flatter than you want the final burger to be. My patties were about 4.5 inches wide when raw. Ground turkey can be quite soft and wet compared to ground beef, but don’t let that worry you.

Cooked turkey burgers in a skillet, two with cheese on top

Add some cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add your burgers (you can do two batches if they’re too big to all fit) and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until well browned and cooked through. If using cheese, add a slice of cheese on top, place a lid on the skillet, and allow the heat to melt the cheese.

Burgers being assembled on a platter with ingredients on the sides

Assemble your cooked turkey burgers with buns, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and mayo. Then DIG IN! :)

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34 Cream Cheese Recipes That Go Beyond Cheesecake

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Recently, however, as I was putting cream cheese on the shopping list, I started wondering: what exactly is cream cheese, anyway? Is it cheese? How is cream involved? And why is it so dang delicious? So I decided to investigate—and rounded up a few (okay, 34) of my favorite ways to use cream cheese (both sweet and savory), in the process.

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How to Take a Cheese Plate on the Go

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1. Pick a Secure Base

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Whipped Ricotta

This whipped ricotta recipe makes an impressive easy appetizer in 5 minutes! Top it with honey for a rich, savory…

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This whipped ricotta recipe makes an impressive easy appetizer in 5 minutes! Top it with honey for a rich, savory sweet bite.

Whipped ricotta

Got 5 minutes? Then you can whip up this stunningly simple appetizer: Whipped Ricotta! This recipe is inspired by one we had at a Mediterranean restaurant, and the pairing of fluffy, savory cheese and gooey golden honey had us all licking our plates. It’s creamy, salty sweet perfection scooped up with some warm bread. It’s the ideal starter to get any meal rolling: and it couldn’t be easier to whip up. (Literally.)

Ingredients for whipped ricotta

What is whipped ricotta? It’s simply ricotta cheese that’s seasoned and whipped until it’s creamy, then served as a dip. All you need is a handful of ingredients for this whipped ricotta recipe, making it ideal for simple entertaining. Unopened ricotta cheese lasts about 2 weeks refrigerated, so grab a container and you can whip this up on moments notice. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Milk, to make it creamy
  • Olive oil, to add richness
  • Salt
  • White or black pepper
  • Honey (optional but recommended)
Whipped Ricotta

How to make whipped ricotta

The easiest way to make whipped ricotta is with a whisk: but if you prefer, you can whip out a stand mixer for this one. Here are our notes on the process:

  • Whisk the ricotta, milk and oil for about 2 minutes until fluffy. Use whisk and whip by hand, or whip on medium speed using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • A stand mixer is less work and can get it even fluffier, but the whisk is our preferred method (mainly because I prefer not having to clean the stand mixer!).
  • Use white pepper for a uniform look, or black for speckled. We bought some white pepper for this recipe to achieve a perfectly creamy look. But black pepper is just as good and looks nice as a garnish.

A note about serving temperature

One thing to note about whipped ricotta: we like this recipe best when it’s room temperature. The cold ricotta with warm bread wasn’t exactly what we remembered from the restaurant experience we were trying to recreate (which by the way, was Abigail Street in Cincinnati).

You can serve this whipped ricotta recipe immediately, but we recommend letting it sit out to come up to room temperature for about 15 minutes. Or, simply pull the ricotta out of the fridge for about 15 minutes before you want to make it.

Whipped Ricotta

How to serve whipped ricotta (honey & more!)

The sky’s the limit when it comes to serving this whipped ricotta recipe! We have a few opinions on what tastes best, but feel free to add your spin to this easy recipe.

  • Top with honey. The absolute best way to serve whipped ricotta is drizzled with honey. The way the savory and sweet flavors complement each other is truly stunning.
  • Or, top with olive oil. If you’re not a honey fan, you can also top with olive oil for a totally savory experience. (It’s not quite as good, but still delightful.)
  • Eat with warm bread. It’s stellar with grilled bread to infuse some smoky flavor. Or try with warmed pita bread or this homemade flatbread.
  • Or, eat with crackers. A simple way to eat it? With purchased crackers! Find a quality brand you love. This is a good gluten-free option: there are lots of great brands that offer nut or legume-based crackers.

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Whipped ricotta

Whipped Ricotta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This whipped ricotta recipe makes an impressive easy appetizer in 5 minutes! Top it with honey for a rich, savory sweet bite.


Ingredients

  • 16 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon white or black pepper
  • Honey, to serve
  • Fresh thyme or other herbs, to garnish (optional)
  • Pita bread, flatbread or grilled bread, to serve

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ricotta, milk, olive oil, salt and pepper by hand for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Alternatively, whisk on medium speed using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  2. Optional: Allow to stand 15 minutes before serving so it comes to room temperature. (You can also do this with the container of ricotta before whisking it.) You can serve immediately if you like, it will just be slightly cold.
  3. To serve, top with honey and if using, fresh thyme. Serve with warm pita bread, grilled bread, or crackers.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Burrata Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce

Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy…

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Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy dinner that’s truly sublime.

Burrata Pasta

Burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures (if you’re a cheese lover like we are). One of the best ways to make it into a meal? This Burrata Pasta, a beautiful example of Italian-style culinary simplicity. The majestic balls of fresh mozzarella sit atop a pasta twirls entwined with a rustic tomato basil sauce. Breaking into the cheese releases its creamy, rich interior into each bite. We simply could not stop eating this one, and immediately added it to our “best of” dinner list.

What’s burrata, exactly?

Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese filled with cream and cheese shreds, called straciatella. When you cut into the ball, the creamy cheese comes spilling out: perfect for topping pasta and pizza.

If it sounds rich, that’s because it is! Burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and most other cheeses. This cheese originated in Southern Italy, and it’s now served all over the country and world. It’s on the pricier side for a cheese, but it’s absolutely worth it. When we want to impress, it’s burrata all the way.

Burrata pasta

Ingredients in this burrata pasta

Burrata is fantastic for topping pasta because it’s rich and delicious, and because it looks showy! We modeled this recipe after one a friend made for us on a summer evening. Topped with burrata balls and sliced cherry tomatoes, spaghetti looks positively glamorous. Here’s what you’ll need for this burrata pasta:

  • Burrata cheese
  • Canned whole tomatoes, San Marzano if possible
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spaghetti or bucatini pasta
Burrata pasta

Make a rustic tomato basil sauce

The main task for this burrata pasta? Making the rustic tomato basil sauce. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for this method:

  • Look for whole canned San Marzano tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes are an Italian variety of tomato (not a brand). They have the best sweet, developed flavor straight out of the can. They’re becoming widely available in many American grocery stores, so you should be able to find them in the canned tomato section. They’re worth seeking out here.
  • You’ll mash the tomatoes into a sauce with a potato masher. The flavor of whole tomatoes is a step above crushed tomatoes. So for this sauce, you’ll crush them yourself using a potato masher! See the photo for the approximate texture.
  • This results in a chunky texture. The chunky, rustic texture gives beautiful bursts of tomato basil flavor. You can immersion blend it to make it smoother, but we prefer it this way.
Tomato basil sauce

How to serve this burrata pasta

This burrata pasta recipe is all about presentation! It’s at its best when served on a large platter topped with all the fixings. Here are a few things to note:

  • Top with burrata balls, then cut them for serving. As each eater helps themselves, they can cut off a bit of the burrata. Alternatively, you can break up the burrata into small pieces and gently toss it.
  • Cherry tomatoes are optional! They’re perfect if you’re serving burrata pasta in the summer. If you can’t find great tomatoes, leave them out and it’s just as good.
  • Garnish with basil, olive oil, and pepper. It’s all in the presentation here! Get creative and garnish your masterpiece with basil and cherry tomatoes. We like a few grinds of black pepper, as well.
Tomato basil pasta

A few side dish ideas

What else to serve with this tasty burrata pasta to make it a meal? This dish is perfect for summer with a few salads, or serve it in the winter with garlic bread. Here are some tasty options:

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Burrata Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy dinner that’s truly sublime.


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 28 ounce whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup roughly chopped basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces spaghetti or bucatini pasta
  • ½ pint red and yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (or, omit if they’re not in season)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces (2 balls) burrata cheese
  • Fresh ground black pepper, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the tomato basil sauce: Add the olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds until lightly browned and fragrant. Add the whole tomatoes with the can liquid, taking care as it may spit as the tomatoes hit the hot oil. Use a potato masher to break up the tomatoes into small pieces (see the sauce photo above). Add the kosher salt and chopped basil leaves and bring to a heavy simmer. Cover the saucepan with a lid slightly ajar and simmer, bubbling rapidly, for 10 to 12 minutes until thickened. (If you prefer a smoother texture you can immersion blend it, but we highly recommend the chunky rustic texture here.)
  2. Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add a drizzle of olive oil if the sauce is not yet done, to prevent sticking.
  3. Serve: Toss the noodles with the sauce until well coated. Add to a platter and top with the grated Parmesan. Add the two burrata balls, and arrange the cherry tomatoes around them. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, several pinches kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and additional chopped basil. When serving, have each eater break off pieces of the burrata for their portion, or simply break it into pieces and lightly toss throughout the pasta. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian

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