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Loaded Turkey Burgers

Jun 11 2012

Ingredients:
-1 lb 99% lean ground turkey burgers
-4 stocks celery
-1/2 large yellow onion
-1/2 cup green onions
-1 large carrot
-1/2 cup fresh basil OR cilantro
-salt and pepper to taste (salt optional)
-1 egg white
-1 cup dry oatmeal

Directions:
Chop celery, onions and carrot into small pieces. Place all veggies in in food processor with fresh basil and process until finely chopped. Combine turkey, veggie mixture, egg white, salt and pepper in large bowl and mix well. Form into 4-5 medium size patties and set aside. Place on BBQ grill on medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking.

Serve by themselves or over whole grain bun or for a carb free burger, over top a large cabbage or lettuce leaf!

Enjoy!!

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Fast Food Turkey Burgers Ordered on the Road

Jul 27 2011

You’re not alone, everyone wants to know what to do when you forgot your food or didn’t have time to prepare your food and you are on the road?! There are several chain restaurants that now offer turkey burgers and what an amazing concept and often they are the better choice but you must beware. Recently Carls Junior has come out with their version of the turkey burger and this can be a very smart choice but you must be sure to order it properly! Here’s the deal: CJ offers three versions of its Turkey Burgers. The least fattening option is the Teriyaki Turkey Burger, with 470 calories and 14 grams of fat. The Carl’s Jr. crew don’t provide the full breakdown of nutritional stats from each ingredient on their website. In the regular 490-calorie, 23-grams-of-fat Turkey Burger, 109 calories and 13 grams of fat come from mayo alone! The bun contributes 206 calories and 3 grams of fat. So if you order the regular Turkey Burger without mayo, it’ll have 381 calories, 10g fat. If you skip the mayo and order it on a lettuce wrap instead of the bun, a.k.a. “Low Carb” style, it’ll have just 175 calories and 7 grams of fat.

While ordering out or even for your own cooking, for condiments, stick with mustard and ketchup. A little hot sauce can be good too. Isn’t hot sauce good on everything!! The things you want to watch out for are Mayo, aioli, guacamole, and other creamy sauces (i,e “animal style” at In n Out).

Stick with fresh veggie toppings for the most part. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions… all great and delicious. Pickles and jalapeño slices are also fun guilt-free topings. Keep calorie and fat counts in check by avoiding cheese, bacon, and any veggies that are fried, oily, or buttery.

Opt out of the bun and go for the Lettuce Wrap, often known as “Protein Style” in most chain restaurants. Chances are, you’ll save at least 100 calories that way. Did you know that the bun is often made with white flour but on top of that the buns are usually coated with butter! Yes so add on more calories to your white refined sugar bun!

Watch out for excess oil. If your patty arrives looking extra-greasy, they may have prepared it with too much cooking oil. Just blot it with a napkin to soak up some of that oil.

There you go so there are ways to eat healthy on the road, you just must know how to order your meal! Give it up for turkey burgers ordered the Gina Approved way!! :)

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Super Simple Turkey Burgers

Apr 13 2011

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Wild Rice Spinach Burgers

Aug 11 2010

INGREDIENTS:
-4 oz 99% lean ground turkey
-2 oz 93% lean ground turkey
-1/4 c. fresh tomatoes, sliced
-1/2 cup wild rice, cooked
-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
-1 egg white
-1/4 yellow onion, chopped
-1/2 cup spinach
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
-ground black pepper, to taste
(sliced tomatoes and onions for garnish)
OPTIONAL–EZEKIEL BUN OR LETTUCE/CABBAGE CUPS

Preparation:
-In Big mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Mix well.
-Make into 2 large turkey burger patties or make into 4 smaller mini patties.
-Set aside.
-Heat BBQ and grill on Medium heat until cooked all the way through.

For low carb burgers, Use Lettuce or cabbage to wrap your burgers and garnish with Tomatoes and Onions.
For regular burgers, Use Ezekiel Bun and garnish with Tomatoes and Onions.
ENJOY!

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TURKEY MUSHROOM BURGERS

Jun 29 2010

INGREDIENTS:
-2 egg whites
-1 cups fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
-1/2 c. oatmeal ground, or oat flour
-1/2 c. yellow onion
-2 cloves garlic
-3 oz 99% lean & 3 oz 93% lean ground turkey breast
-1 tbsp fresh parsley
-1 tbsp fresh basil
-2 tbsp EVOO
-1 tsp tabasco

-LETTUCE LEAVES AND SLICED TOMATOES FOR GARNISH
-4 WHOLE GRAIN EZEKIEL BUNS, OR YOU CAN USE LETTUCE LEAVES FOR “BUNS”

DIRECTIONS:
-In a large bow, combine all the ingredients except 1 tbsp EVOO. Mix well and then shape into patties.
-Heat large skillet and add remaining oil. Cook patties for about 4 minutes on each side or until browned.
-Split the buns and serve with lettuce and tomatoes OR use lettuce as “buns”.
ENJOY!

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Simply Salsa Turkey Burgers

Jun 27 2010

INGREDIENTS
1 lb ground turkey (99% fat free)
1/2 cup oatmeal
4 tbsp chunky salsa (mild, medium or hot)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS
-Combine all ingredients until well mixed.
-Make into 4 patties.
-Spray a frying pan or bbq with cooking spray and cook over medium heat until cooked thoroughly on both sides.

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Black Bean Burgers…

Jun 2 2010

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1 can (16 oz) black beans
1/4 c. organic Ketchup
1/4 c. flaxseeds
1/2 c. oatmeal
1 egg white
2 tbsp low fat Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. onion, chopped
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
pepper to taste

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Erin's Shrimp Burgers

Apr 29 2010

DIRECTIONS:
For burgers:
1 lb large shrimp, peeled
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 T minced fresh ginger
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
6 T minced cilantro
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Thai peanut sauce (store bought or my version below*)
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs** (crumbs from 1 slice Ezekiel)

For slaw:
1-2 t fresh lime juice
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 T water
3-4 drops stevia
1 16 oz bag cole slaw mix (most carrots removed)

In a food processor, blend 1/3 of the shrimp into a paste. Add remaining shrimp, pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, 4 tablespoons cilantro, 2 green onions, 1/4 cup peanut sauce, and bread crumbs. Combine with a fork. Divide into 4 portions. Pat with fingertips to flatten to about 4 inches wide.

Whisk remaining peanut sauce with lime juice, rice wine vinegar,stevia and water. Mix slaw with remaining onion and cilantro; toss with dressing. Refrigerate. Toss every once in a while as slaw will “wilt” a little as the sauce gets absorbed.

Heat pan on medium and spray with nonstick spray. Add patties to pan and cook about 4 minutes per side. If making shrimpballs, place in pan and turn to brown all sides about every 30-60 seconds. They need to cook longer than the burgers, about 10-12 minutes total.

For you lucky grill people: Put burgers on hot grill. Cover and cook, turning only once, until opaque throughout, about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side.

Put 1/4 of the slaw on/in dish and then place burger on top. Or you could serve the burger in a pita with slaw as condiment. Eat it up! Yummy!

I made half of this recipe into 2 burgers and the other half into about 12 shrimpballs. I plan on having them with maybe some shirtaki or kelp noodles. Not sure yet. But they sure are cute!

*Thai Peanut Sauce
3 T peanut butter
1 1/2 T rice wine vinegar
1 t garlic chili sauce
1 T sesame oil
4 drops stevia
1-3 T hot water

Mix all together but hot water. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time to incorporate. Using all 3 tablespoons makes exactly the right amount for the Thai shrimp burger recipe.

**For bread crumbs, leave a slice of bread out overnight or you can just leave it for a couple of hours or so in an unheated gas oven till dry. Grind in food processor or blender.

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Italian Turkey Burgers

Oct 26 2009

This recipe was recently posted (in the old site) and have been getting great feedback so wanted to re-post!  Awesome for pre-contest too!!!

Italian Turkey Burgers

Basil Mix

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Burgers
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
6 cloves roasted garlic
2 pounds 99% lean ground turkey
or 1.5 lbs 99% lean and .5 lbs 93% lean turkey
6 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted ( if you are using them)
OR
10-15 Lettuce or cabbage leaves
6 large slices fresh tomato

Grilled eggplant
6 large slices eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 large yellow onion, cut into rings
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil

FIRST Prepare Basil mix by combing ingredients in a small bowl. Place in refrigerator until ready to use. Place ground turkey in a large bowl. Add oregano, basil, mustard and garlic. Season pepper. Using hands, mix ingredients to form into about 6 patties.

NEXT Preheat grill to medium-high heat. To prepare eggplant, combine vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Season eggplant with pepper and brush both sides with vinegar mixture. Spray grill with non stick spray and grill burgers for about 6 minutes per side, flipping only once. About 1 minute before burgers are done. Grill eggplant and onions for about 2 minutes until tender.

LAST Spread basil mix on each bun or on top of burgers (if you aren’t using bun) with grilled eggplant and onion. Add fresh tomato and serve.

FYI–

How to roast garlic: Wrap loose garlic cloves (with skin on) in tin foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast in a 350 degree F oven for about 25 minutes until garlic are tender. Once cloves have cooled, peel skin and smash garlic into a paste.

enjoy!

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