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Burgers’ sauce spiked with orange juice

These turkey “sliders” have a citrus twist. The National Beer Wholesalers Association offer this recipe for burgers.

Orange and Beer BBQ Turkey Sliders

Makes 12 sliders (serves 4 to 6)

Turkey sliders:

12 ounces Belgium-style wheat beer

1-1/2 pounds ground turkey

1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup dry garlic-and-herb seasoning breadcrumbs

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1/3 cup chopped basil

1/3 cup chopped scallions

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon salt

Orange Beer BBQ Sauce:

1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (reserve

orange peels)

1/4 cup honey mustard

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup diced shallot or onion

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1-1/2 tablespoons tomato paste

1-1/2 tablespoons butter

12 brioche or other small dinner rolls

Prepare the turkey sliders by combing in large bowl 1/4 cup of the  beer, ground turkey, red pepper, breadcrumbs, cilantro, basil, scallions, orange zest and salt. Stir to mix well. Shape mixture by 1/4 cupfuls into twelve 3-inch round sliders, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together remaining beer, orange juice, honey mustard, brown sugar, onion, vinegar, tomato paste and butter. Stir to blend well. Add reserved squeezed orange peels to the saucepan and bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; boil 15 minutes, stirring frequently, or until sauce is thickened and mixture is reduced to 1 cup.  Discard orange peels. Cool sauce to room temperature. Reserve 1/2 cup of sauce for serving with sliders.

Spray broiler pan or grilling rack with olive oil cooking spray.  Prepare gas or charcoal grill. Place sliders on grill and cook 8 minutes, turning and brushing sliders with orange beer BBQ sauce, until fully cooked through. Serve on split soft dinner rolls with reserved sauce.

Nutrition Information, Per Serving: 500 calories; 18 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 53 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 29 g protein

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