Turkey Burger Recipes
Great Turkey Burger Recipes
Most people have heard that cooking with turkey instead of ground beef is a healthier alternative, but there are still plenty of people out there that can't conceive of giving up beef. Let's face it. Beef rocks! It is juicy and delicious and nothing smells better than a piece of beef cooking on the grill. But if you're concerned about cholesterol, fat, calories and the like, you may want to give turkey a try. Turkey burgers are fantastic with the right accoutrements such as sauces, relishes and fresh vegetables. I like the ones that favor a southwestern flare that spices them up a bit, but not too spicy. These two recipes have just enough zest to tickle your taste buds and yet assure that the kids will eat them too.
Give them a try. If you can't grill out at this time of year, making them in your broiler works just as well.
Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sauce
- 1 c. fresh or frz. corn (thawed)
- 1/2 c. chopped red onion
- 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/8 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
- 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled
- 1/2 c. fat free sour cream
- 2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 4 whole hamburger buns, split
- Shredded lettuce, reduced fat Mexican cheese blend, sliced tomato and red onion (optional)
In large skilled, saute corn, onion and peppers in oil until crisp/ tender. Stir in lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and oregano; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly.
Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 4 burgers. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
For sauce, in small bowl, mash avocado with sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt. Refrigerate until serving.
If grilling burgers, coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting grill. Grill burgers covered, over medium heat or broil 4 inches from heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear.
Place burgers on buns and top each with 1/4 cup avocado sauce. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and onion if desired.
Fiesta Ranch Burgers
- 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
- 1/2 c. canned, diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 to 2 tbsp. chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1.25 lbs. lean ground turkey
- 1/3 c. prepared fat-free ranch salad dressing
- 1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
- 5 lettuce leaves
- 5 hamburger buns, split
In large bowl, combine egg whites, tomatoes, beans, onion, lime juice, peppers, garlic and salt. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 5 burgers.
Broil 4 in. from heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear. In small bowl, combine salad dressing and cilantro. Serve burgers with dressing and lettuce.
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