OK restaurateurs, repeat after me:

A turkey burger is not a beef burger. Swapping a beef patty for a ground turkey patty on your burger for a “healthier option” does diners two disservices. First, lean ground turkey isn’t really much healthier than lean ground beef. Second, ground turkey has a different flavor profile that isn’t well served by typical burger fixings.

Successful chefs recognize this difference and craft turkey burgers to complement the turkey’s flavor. A great example is the clever turkey burger at Tavern & Tap.

Turkey has a milder flavor than beef, so Tavern & Tap uses flavorful toppings to make this burger work. The turkey patty sits on a bed of gorgonzola cheese and Sriracha garlic sauce and is topped with fresh Granny Smith apple slaw and red onion. The result is a burger that is both substantial and refreshing, with just a little kick. It’s meaty enough to satisfy your lunchtime carnivore cravings but light enough to not put you in a mid afternoon food coma.

While you’re there, you can wash down your burger with Tavern & Tap’s selection of tasty alcoholic punches. These include Martha’s Punch, which is loosely based on a citrusy rum punch Martha Washington served to visitors at the Washingtons’ Mount Vernon estate. I cannot tell a lie; this punch is quite good.

— Ty Forquer

Tavern & Tap
11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
101 S. Washington Square, Lansing
(517) 374-5555, tavernandtap.com

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