I’m always looking for a way to season up Turkey. I think it’s a great alternative to beef, but sometimes it falls a little short on seasoning.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I found a Special Sauce recipe from one of my favorite Food Network foodies, The Neelys!

Their recipe is inspired with a Neely’s SPECIAL SAUCE and the fact that they mix grated cheese right into the turkey! I NEVER would have thought of THAT. They call this magical creation Mini Black Jack Burgers.

Here’s what you’ll need:


1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper (*Instead of salt, I used Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning)

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 dash Worcestershire sauce

NEELY Blackening Spice (*See recipe below)

Olive oil, for cooking

12 soft dinner rolls, split (I used Sara Lee soft and smooth Mini Buns)

2 Roma tomatoes, sliced

Special Sauce (*See recipe below)



The recipe starts out pretty typical:

Add 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (makes 12 mini burgers) to a large mixing bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

But THEN they stir in 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and season with a SPECIAL Neely Blackening Spice!

After the burgers are grilled, I serve ‘em up on a Mini Bun with tomato, romaine and the awesome Special Neely Sauce.



Season with Salt (I used Tony’s Creole Seasoning), black pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder



1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon Sriracha

1 teaspoon pickled relish

Juice of 1/2 lemon


*SugarBang does NOT claim ownership of this recipe, but soooo happy we found it! 
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