July 10, 2010

Healthy, Easy and Juicy - Barbeque Turkey Burger

Craving for a burger? This one is for sure a great healthy alternative to a beef burger. I found this recipe a while back in a Cooking Light book and adapted it. Served with some broccoli and steakfries you get dinner ready in 30 minutes. The burgers or meatballs like I call them are great as a snack the next day as well. It's easy to skip the bread and just eat teh meatballs.
One thing to consider- do not use the 99% fat free free meat- otherwise you end up with a really dry burger. Look  for the 93/7 version!

Barbeque Turkey Burger

1 lbs ground turkey meat - 93/7
2 tablespoons of plain bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ cup of barbeque sauce
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
¾ teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt

1. Add meat and all other ingredients in any order into a bowl and mix together with your hands.

2. Form meat patties. I usually make them smaller, more like a flat little meat ball so I get about 8 out it. Or you make four large patties.

3. Preheat the grill pan on high, then turn to medium heat and place the burgers in the pan. Grill from both sides until done.(approx. 5-7 minutes on each side)

Nutritional information and the original recipe I found on my recipes.com

Tip 1: I usually cover the pan. This keeps the meat really moist and juicy.

Tip 2: Instead of using regular burger buns I use dinner wheat rolls. They are smaller and have less calories. More room for cheese.

Tip 3: Sometimes I prep the meat the day before and have the patties ready to grill. This way I can have dinner ready within 20 minutes without any stress.

Tip 4: As a side I use steak fries which take about 20 minutes in the oven and grilled or cooked asparagus.

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