Sunday, July 31, 2011

Turkey Burger with Lettuce Wrap - Recipe

If your looking for a healthy recipe for making a delicious burger, here it is. I made these last night and they were quite good if I do say so myself. The prep time requires a little elbow grease and patience, but with a few tunes made for a really relaxing Saturday night.

Things you will need:

1 large carrot
Black beans (or any additional types you'd like to use to add)
Lean ground turkey breast (important to get the breast so that your not getting filler)
1 egg

This recipe makes 4 large patties.


First you will want to peel the carrot and then use a cheese grater to shred the carrot into little slices. You want to use about 1/2 cup total. Put the carrot into a large bowl.

Next, measure 1/2 cup beans and put them onto a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut the beans until they become almost mushy but you don't want to puree them but you could if you have a Magic Bullet or Blender and want that kind of texture.  Add the beans to the carrots.

You will repeat this step with the spinach. To measure I just took a large hand full of spinach and put it on the cutting board and used a sharp knife to cut the spinach up into small pieces. Once the spinach is extremely fine (texture up to you), add it to the carrot and bean mixture.

Now that you have your main ingredients add 1 egg to the mixture and one package of lean ground turkey. Use your hands to mix the ingredients up.

Once you have all the ingredients mixed together, head to your spice cupboard and pick spices to add. I used Paprika, Ground Ginger and a little Herbes de Provence.  I used a little too much Provence in mine or it wasn't mixed well enough because some patties had more flavour than others.

The trick part is making the patties. Take a round cookie cutter or Tupper Wear container and line it with a piece of saran wrap.  Take a handful of the mixture and fill the cookie cutter until it is around 1 cm. The thicker the pattie the longer you will have to cook it for. Personally, I put the patties in the oven for 5 minutes before I put them on the BBQ.

While you are making the patties, turn the oven on to 350 and line a cookie sheet with Tinfoil and spray it with a little Pam so that the patties don't stick. Place the patties one by one onto the cookie sheet. Once the oven is up to temperature pop them into the oven. While the patties are baking turn the BBQ on and get it up to temperature.

Once the the patties are done in the oven, I placed them on the BBQ (around 300 at temperature) for 5 minutes each side to get some nice grill marks and to ensure the turkey is cooked.

Since I didn't want to use a bun I made a lettuce wrap for my burg.  Add avocado, mustard and a little pepper as needed and enjoy!

Let me know what you thought of this recipe and if it was easy to follow!

Yours in health and fitness,

Nic xoxo

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