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Turkey Burgers with Carrots

Updated on March 10, 2013
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This is a quick and easy recipe for turkey burgers that incorporates carrots into the mix.

I started doing this after I was told by my doctor to increase my fiber intake. I am also trying to lose weight and eat more vegetables.

I don't always want to eat vegetables on the side, or eat them at all. This is a way that I can just have a burger and get my veggies too!


Why carrots?

Carrots have a mild flavor that blends well with the ground turkey. I honestly forget they are even in there when I am eating it.

You can do the same thing with green peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower. You can even use lean ground beef. It all depends on what you like.


INGREDIENTS

Lean Ground Turkey
Carrots (finely chopped or shredded)
Garlic Powder
Black Pepper


INSTRUCTIONS

I mix a combination of about 1/4 carrots and 3/4 turkey. You can use more carrots too. I have gone up to half and half and it still works well. The difference is that you can taste the carrots. Occasionally, I also also add a small amount of chopped onion.

Ground turkey can be bland, so I add garlic powder and pepper. You can add other seasonings that compliment poultry.

TIP: If you start with matchstick carrots (pre-chopped into tiny sticks), there is a lot less chopping to do, though you will be paying a little extra. You can also shred the carrots with a cheese grater.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Form into patties.
TIP: If you wet your hands before handling the mixture it will not stick to them.

Cook in a pan over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked.
Serve just as you would a burger.

Benefits

There are a lot of good reasons to add carrots (or other vegetables) to your ground meat.

Saves money – carrots are less expensive than ground meat. This allows you to get more burgers out of less meat.

Healthier – carrots are low in calories, fat free, high in Vitamin A, high in fiber, etc. This means you can enjoy your burger with less guilt and with the added nutritional benefits of veggies. The added fiber will also help you stay full longer.

Sneaky – by mixing the carrots into a meaty burger you can sneak them into your family’s diet virtually undetected. This is great for people like me that are really trying to eat healthier but don’t always feel like eating my veggies.

Why stop with burgers?

This recipe can be modified to fit a variety of dishes that call for ground meat. You can switch up the type of ground meat and vegetables depending on your tastes.

Meats
Beef
Chicken
Turkey
Meatloaf Mix (beef, pork, veal)

Vegetables
Carrots
Peppers
Onions
Mushrooms
Squash

Dishes
Burgers
Tacos
Meatballs
Meatloaf
Goulash

Depending on how small you chop the vegetables and how long you cook the meat, your veggies might not cook completely through. I like my vegetables to be a little less cooked. If you want softer veggies be sure to chop them fine or you can cook them slightly before mixing them in. Keep in mind that overcooking your veggies can reduce the amount of nutrients.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Stephanie Henkel - cutting down on meat and upping my veggies. That is just what I am trying to do. But I am like a kid. Sometimes I just don't want to eat veggies! I never thought of blending them and adding. I will have to try that. Thanks for another great idea!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I never thought of mixing carrots with my burgers, but it's a great idea, and a nice way to cut down on meat and increase veggies in your diet. When my kids were young, I used to blend up the leftover vegetables in the fridge and add to meatloaf. No one ever knew. :) Voted up and sharing.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      moonlake - i am using the same mix to make tacos tomorrow!... it is so hars sometimes to pause for photos! i spent forever today taking pics of my salad and all the veggies. it is such an odd habit i picked up!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      These sound really good. Will have to try turkey burgers this way. Your like me I'm always telling my husband to wait before he takes a bite so I can take a picture. Voted up

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      teaches12345 - Please do try this The carrots really do add a sweetness and depending on how well you cook them, a moisteness or a crunch. I prefer these to plain turkey.,,,, thanks for the vote up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I absolutely love turkey burgers and have them as often as possible. I will have to add the carrots next time. I'll bet the sweetness gives it a great taste. Thanks for the idea. Voted up!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      midget38 - thanks Michelle! They really are yummy. Thanks for stopping by.

      vibesites - I hope you try out the recipe. I have started putting carrots in my pasta sauce too! Thanks for the votes. :)

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I love carrots... I even include them in my spaghetti sauce, finely diced. :)

      Thanks for sharing your delicious and healthy burger recipe. Up, useful and followed. :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Woo! I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing.....looks delicious!!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Bill - You really should try it! I actually like them better this way.... thanks for stopping by :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would never think to put carrots in the patty. Great idea and I do love turkey burgers.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      AudraLeigh - I have gotten into the habit of taking photos when I cook, just in case I want to post a recipe. The burgers were super yummy. I forgot they even had carrots in them. Now I am dying to have it again. The tacos are super great too... I hope you do try the meatloaf... have fun and enjoy!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      We got an "As seen on tv" meatloaf pan a few months ago. This recipe would be great for it! Great pics to go with the recipe Dana! Good job!!!