Over the weekend I tried a new turkey burger recipe that was super easy and would be perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Of course as usual I couldn’t follow the recipe exactly as written I had to add my own touch.
All ground turkey is not created equal!
Be sure you are buying lean ground turkey. The ground turkey I purchase is by Foster Farms and it says LEAN 93/7 on the package. The nutritional stats for 4 0unces; 160 calories, 8g total fat,22g protein. This comes out to 4 WWPP.
If you buy ground turkey that is not lean it can contain more fat than lean ground beef! One time at Trader Joe’s I bought premade hamburger patties and ground turkey patties and when I got home I discovered that the turkey burgers contained more fat than the lean ground beef patties. Buyer beware!
Have you ever wondered why most recipes using ground turkey call for 1 pound but most ground turkey comes in 1.5 pound packages? What’s up with that?
I increased the ingredients in this recipe to accommodate the 1.5 pound package of ground turkey I had and the bonus is it made 6 burgers so we have some easy heat and eat meals this week. I don’t know about you but we love leftovers in this house. These would be good to make ahead and freeze individually so you may want to double the recipe and have several meals made ahead.
The recipe called for Cajun seasoning and I had this Creole seasoning in the pantry so after an Internet inquiry I discovered that they are basically the same thing. The ingredients read ,salt, red pepper, other spices and garlic. Rather vague don’t you think?
The onions were divine, slightly sweet from the teriyaki sauce and the perfect punch of flavor for this burger. I also added a little honey mustard to my burger which went well with the other flavors. Yum!
Quick-and-Easy Turkey Burgers
- 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
- 3 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon Creole seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 1/2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- Cooking spray
- 2 large onions (cut onions in half, finely dice ½ of one onion, slice the rest of the onions in ¼ inch slices)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 6 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns (whole wheat)
- Baby greens or leaf lettuce
Combine the first 4 ingredients plus the 1/2 onion finely diced in a large bowl. Divide the turkey mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Combine the teriyaki sauce and water in a small bowl.
Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add the onion slices; cover and cook 10 minutes or until onion is golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons teriyaki mixture. Remove onion from pan, and keep warm. Add olive oil to pan. Add patties, and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Add remaining teriyaki mixture to pan. Carefully turn patties over, and cook for 3 minutes or until golden. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun, and top each patty with 1/4 cup onion, baby greens or lettuce leaf. Top with remaining bun halves.
Note: You can freeze any uncooked turkey patties for up to 1 month. To freeze, separate the patties with wax paper; place them in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag, remove excess air, seal, and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator.
CALORIES 278 (15% from fat); FAT 4.7g (sat 1.2g,mono 1.3g,poly 1.4g); IRON 2.1mg; CHOLESTEROL 60mg; CALCIUM 73mg; CARBOHYDRATE 28.9g; SODIUM 949mg; PROTEIN 30g; FIBER 2.4g
Old WWP 5 / WWPP 7
Adapted from Cooking Light, MAY 2000
Katy is having finals this week for the Fall semester in Spain. They are on such a different schedule! She is very pleased with the professors she has had thus far in Spain. Her language skills have improved greatly in the 4 months she has been there. She was reading a story in Spanish and realized when she was done that she had been enjoying the story and not even thinking about translating what she was reading into English. That is a milestone!
Katy is wrapping up her semester just as David is starting his Spring semester today. SPRING, could it really be getting close? We are having sunshine this week but I know many of you in the Midwest and back East are dealing with frigid temperatures and lots of snow. I wish I could send you some of our sunshine and warmer temperatures.
Add Your Thoughts
Do you use ground turkey?
I use ground turkey mostly for burgers and chili. I am not a big fan of ground beef for burgers but I do like it for meatloaf. Go figure!
What are you doing today to better your health?
To better my health today I am going for a walk and I will be eating some Kale!