I love burgers. I needed to create a healthy option so that I could have them as often as I like to have them. To that end, I came up with this recipe during my second 24-Day Challenge.
This recipe makes 6-7 burgers.
Ingredients for Turkey Burgers
- 2 lbs of Ground Turkey
- 1/4 Diced Yellow Onion
- 2 Tablespoons of Minced Garlic
- 3 Tablespoons of Fresh Diced Cilantro
- 1 Egg
- 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 1 Teaspoon of Ground Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper (Optional for a nice kick)
- Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
Preparing the Turkey Burgers
To prepare the turkey, simply mix these ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix them until it seems that all the ingredients are distributed well. Shape the ground turkey into patties of about 1/3 a pound in size. Turkey burgers do not shrink the way that beef will, so feel free to make them “bun sized”.
You can cook these one of two ways. You can cook them on the grill, or you can cook them in a hot skillet. I prefer the grill method and I use my Big Green Egg. The grill method is slightly more healthy since you do not have to use oil or cooking spray like you do in a skillet.
To cook the burgers, place them on the grill or in a non-stick or sprayed skillet on medium heat. Cook them for 4-5 minutes per side or to the temperature of your liking, although I recommend medium at a minimum since this is poultry, after all. Don’t forget to toast the sandwich thins if you prefer them that way. If you are not on the 24-Day Challenge, feel free to add your cheese of choice. When not on the Challenge, I usually add a slice of white american or pepper jack cheese.
TIP: This is true for ANY burger. Do not push down on the burger with your spatula while cooking it forcing the juices out. You want the burger to be juicy. Let it cook naturally, in its juices. This is especially important for turkey burgers. You squeeze the life out of it, and you’ll be eating a lean hockey puck!
When the burger is cooked to your liking, grab a sandwich thin, whatever veggies you like on your burger (I prefer lettuce, tomato and onion). Add your condiment of choice. I usually make some Reduced-Fat Olive Oil Tabasco Mayo and put that on my turkey burger with a little bit of ketchup. Grab a pickle spear and grub up. A healthy burger option that tastes great.0