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Turkey Burgers with Carrots
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!
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.
Lean Ground Turkey
Carrots (finely chopped or shredded)
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.
- Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Poultry food products, ground turkey, cooked
Nutrition facts and Information for Poultry food products, ground turkey, cooked
- Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Carrots, raw [Includes USDA commodity food A099]
Nutrition facts and Information for Carrots, raw [Includes USDA commodity food A099]
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.
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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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