Nick Offerman eats the Ron Swanson turkey burger on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; was it temped for pregnant Maya Rudolph?

Eater reports that last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, actor Nick Offerman and Jimmy Fallon ate the Ron Swanson Turkey Burger, a fried turkey leg inside a grilled hamburger.

Inspired by a recent episode of Parks and Recreation in which the character Ron Swanson had a different idea about what, exactly, a turkey burger was, last month during Burger Week we went ahead and made the beastly thing (with a recipe even).

Leaving the bone in the turkey leg (and in the burger) was somewhat of a åcontentious issue, but Offerman gets it: "The bone is still in there," he said. "It’s a great source of fiber." The drink pairing? Scotch, of course. Also, according to Offerman, he "showed up early to prepare the Ron Swanson Turkey Burger for everybody to see." And we have it on good authority that there’s a making-of video on the way.

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.