When I was making the Turkey Veggie Meatballs in my last post, all I could think about was how good they would be as hamburgers, especially if I added a couple more vegetables. So that’s just what I did here! This is the same recipe with zucchini and red peppers added. For fun, I also roasted some red pepper rings for a topping and that really enhanced the flavours as well.
I’m not sure why I’m craving burgers so much lately, probably because I’m longing for grilling season. You don’t have to use a bun if you’re watching calories, or you can use half a bun. It’s nice on a bed of spinach, too, or with a side of roasted veggies.
I love that by adding the veggies, you are stretching out your pound of turkey to make 6 burgers. Put a couple in the freezer if they are leftover and they’re perfect for lunch on a school holiday like today.
Although turkey burgers have become quite popular in restaurants lately, I would caution about ordering them because they seldom use extra lean ground turkey and are usually loaded with all kinds of calorie laden toppings. I was reading the other day that the Cheesecake Factory’s Grilled Turkey Burger has 1,331 calories, 31 grams of saturated fat, and 1,674 mg. of sodium! According to Men`s Health, that`s equivalent to 4 Wendy`s Double Stack Burgers! Yikes!
Next, I will be trying to infuse some more spring flavours into our healthy comfort foods because it looks like winter is not over yet – but I am determined to help it on it’s way out!
Have a great day, everyone. To those Canadian readers, enjoy Family Day!
- 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup panko
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 zucchini, diced
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- salt and pepper
- 1 red bell pepper cut into rings if desired for garnish.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Don’t overwork it – just combine enough to have it well mixed.
- Form 4-6 round patties. Cook on med-high heat until done. If unsure, insert a thermometer – 165 F is the temp. you are aiming for.
- For roasted red pepper rings, seed and slice red pepper, spritz with olive oil and bake at 425 for 20 minutes.