Here is the non-winning filling recipe. I don't have Grotke's roll recipe here, as I haven't asked his permish to use it. Originally it was full of local name brands, which I've omitted.
3 Tblsp Butter
1 large Empire apple
3 large cloves garlic
1 lb. ground turkey
2 Tblsp. maple syrup
1 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. cheddar cheese
Prep: Mix the turkey and maple syrup together very well. Let marinate in the fridge for at least a half-hour. Peel, core and cut apple into 1/4" bits. Mince garlic. Grate cheddar.
Cook: In a large fry pan, melt 2 Tblsp butter on medium heat. Add apple and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Let cool. Heat a griddle or fry pan over medium-high heat and add last Tblsp of butter. Form 4 burgers and cook well (about 4 minutes each side) until deep pink disappears. Top with cheddar, cover with lid and turn off heat. With a whisk, add yogurt to browned apple/garlic. Let stand about 3 minutes. Whisk again and...
Assemble sandwich: Slice all buns in half. Form a small hollow in each half. In bottom halves, spoon 1/4 of yogurt/garlic/apple sauce. Top with burger. Eat. Yum.
Update on 6/6: Grotke gave me permission to share his wonderful iBrattleburger Roll Recipe (he's the best baker I've known since Nick Malgieri and he ain't even a pro):
iBrattleburger Rolls (makes 7)
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
1 tablespoon Deer Ridge Farm honey
2 cups lukewarm Brattleboro tap water
22 ounces of King Arthur Bread Flour
3.75 ounces King Arthur Whole Wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt
In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, add together yeast, honey and water. Stir slightly and let it sit until the top gets foamy with bubbles, about 15 minutes. Measure out flour. Add salt to the flour, then sift it. Mix flour with yeast and let it knead for 7 minutes or so in a mixer.
Put the kneaded dough ball in an oiled bowl. Cover with a wet dish towel. Let sit in a not-cold place until the dough doubles in size, about two hours.
When the dough has doubled, gently take it out of the bowl and put it on a countertop. Divide it into 170 gram pieces (about 7). Do a quick shaping. Cover with the wet towel again and let rest for 15 minutes or so.
Do the final shaping for round mini loaves. Lay each of these tightened, shaped pieces of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and cover again with a wet dish towel. Let these sit and rise one more time... about 45 minutes. You can preheat the oven to 425', and put an empty metal pan (for steam) in the bottom.
As the oven heats up, boil a couple of cups of water. When the oven is hot, the water is boiled, and the bread has risen*:
1. Score the top of each round. Create the "i" shape by pinching the slash closed at the 2/3 mark.
2. Spray mist (wet down) the tops of each loaf.
3. Put the pans in the oven.
4. Pour the boiling water into the hot pan at the bottom of the oven to cause even more steam, and close the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes (until brown), then remove and cool on racks.
*Variations: top with course salt or seeds before scoring.
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