BBQ Turkey Burgers / Muir Woods Hike

Although I have my favorite tried and true turkey burgers I have been experimenting with some new recipes. Variety is the spice of life they say so why not shake things up with the weekly menu! I used chipotle chili powder and it added some nice heat to these burgers! If you don’t like a lot of spice just cut back on the chili powder for a mild burger. This burger was a nice change of pace. I made a double batch and froze the leftovers to use for quick and easy meals in the coming weeks.

Barbecue Turkey Burgers

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 large leaf lettuce leaves
  • 4 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns


Combine the onion, 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, breadcrumbs, and the next 5 ingredients (breadcrumbs through turkey) in a medium bowl. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1 1/2 inch-thick patty.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Place patties in pan; cook 7 minutes on each side or until done. Note: Hubby Tom cooked these on the grill.

Place 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and 1 patty on the bottom half of each bun. Spread each patty with 1 1/2 teaspoons barbecue sauce. Cover with top halves of buns.

Yield: 4 Servings

Nutritional Information

Calories: 310, Fat: 7.6g,Protein: 29.9g, Carbohydrate: 28.5g, Fiber: 2.1g  WWPP 8

Adapted from Cooking Light MARCH 2001

On day two of our mini vacation we went to one of my favorite places to visit Muir Woods National Monument located 12 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge. The roads leading to Muir Woods are steep and winding. Muir Woods is an old growth redwood forest that is naturally calm and cool. We usually take visitors to Muir Woods and we never tire of going there. It’s one of the most peaceful and calming forests I have ever been to.

The main canyon floor has paved trails that are crowed with visitors. Arrive early to find a parking place. Dress in layers as the temperature fluctuates depending on where you are in the park.

The redwood trees are majestic.

Even though it’s crowded with people, it’s very quiet. It’s as though a sense of calm comes over everyone as they admire the trees and the forest. I can’t explain it, you really need to experience it for yourself.

We left the valley floor for the less traveled trails. Some of the trails were closed for repairs but we still managed to hike for 5 hours. It was mostly cool and shady. We stopped for a short break to rest and eat some fruit and cliff bars.

If you get to San Francisco you have to make the short trip to Muir Woods and enjoy all it has to offer.

After our 5 hour hike we headed back to Mill Valley and went to Whole Foods to get a healthy lunch. We ate our lunch in the city park before going back to the hotel to clean up. We decided to walk to the movie theater and watch the new Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts movie “Larry Crowne.” It was a cute movie and a relaxing way to end a busy day.

Nutmeg Notes

I have spent the past couple of days going around to all of the stores I shop at to stock up the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Katy and I made it to the Farmer’s Market yesterday and we came home with a bundle of goodies! The Kettle Corn is made right there at the Farmer’s Market and although it smells incredible I don’t even taste it as it’s just too hard to stop eating! We bought some plum jam that is made by the local Twin Peaks Orchard. I sampled the berries and the little salad tomatoes for lunch yesterday and they are divine!

Enjoy the lighter foods of summer!


Add Your Thoughts

Have you visited a place that you enjoy going back to again and again?

Do you find it easier to eat “light” during the summer months?

We never seem to tire of visiting San Francisco and the surrounding area. There is so much to see and do.

I find it much easier to eat light in the summer, filling up on seasonal fruit and veggies and getting in lots of walking.

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  1. Sharon says:

    I have so many speical places I wouldn’t know where to start picking a single one. I really love the Blowing Rock/Boone, North Carolina area. My family went there when I was a child and I was able to take Mr. B there for the first time. We’ve been back many times and will probably headed up there for a few days in August.

  2. Nancy says:

    I so enjoyed your pics from your hike in Muir Woods. We live in the midwest but visited the Redwood Natl Forest in northern CA a couple yrs ago, and to this day agree that our hike through this beautiful forest was one of our favorite parts of the trip. There is indeed is something so peaceful about the redwood forest floor. I envy you being so close.

    I have also been enjoying the bounty of our local farmer’s markets. They require all the produce sold to be grown in our state by the vendor and not bought elsewhere. That really makes me feel great about supporting our local small farmers as well as eating healthy foods. Nothing tastes as good as “in-season” freshly picked fruits and vegetables, and the extra benefit is weight loss is easier with these yummy choices available.

  3. Biz says:

    My husband isn’t very active, but on our last vacation a few years ago, we went to the mountains of Tennessee – our favorite day was renting a pontoon boat for the day – it was hands down the best day of our trip – we’d boat, then swim, then eat, repeat!

    The furthest west I’ve ever been is DesMoines, Iowa – how sad is that! But San Francisco and Seattle are the top two places I want to visit most. 😀

  4. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    Can I count Canyon Ranch Spa as my place?

  5. Jody - Fit at 53 says:

    Those turkey burgers look amazing! Yummy!

    Hawaii – I always want to be back there! 😉

    What beautiful pics of Muir Woods! What a wonderful time for you!

  6. Ann says:

    I’ve been to Muir woods and I remember the hush. It is absolutely gorgeous and not like anywhere else I’ve ever been. I just loved that hike. It’s been a few years and I’d love to take the kids and go back. I love the bay area. I want to go back to Napa because the year we went I was 6mo pregnant. Who the heck planned that trip? Wasn’t the one with the uterus, that’s for sure. Ha ha.

    One of our favorite vacations ever is to rent a beach house on the gulf coast and just stay on the beach. nothing to do but swim, sand castles, reading, playing board games with the kids. We’ve done that trip many times and it never fails to be fun.

  7. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    Everything looks amazing and the fresh veggies look fantastic as well. I will try the turkey burgers this weekend.. We usually only make turkey ones so variety really is the spice of life ..

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