How to temp the Ron Swanson burger — a fried turkey leg inside a hamburger

Ron Swanson is one of the better characters on the TV sitcom, Parks and Recreation.

On the April 21, 2011 episode, in the first minute of the clip below, Swanson is asked if he’d ever eaten a turkey burger and he said,

“Is that a fried turkey leg inside a grilled hamburger? If so, yes. Delicious."

Paula Forbes at Eater National was inspired to create the Ron Swanson turkey burger: a fried turkey leg inside a grilled hamburger.

The recipe with some awesome pics is available at

But how to safely temp a Ron Swanson Burger: 160F or 165F? Doesn’t matter. This thing is cooked. But watch the cross-contamination during the prep.