If you are looking for a healthy alternative to burgers on the grill…look no further! Don’t be fooled! This isn’t your typical turkey burger. Your inner foodie is going to love it! This one is also a modified version taken from The Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook.
The most important part for making sure it is truly a healthier option is your ground turkey choice. Make sure that you look for ground turkey breast. This is a much leaner option. Most packages will tell you the fat content as well. Although ground turkey does come 99% fat-free extra lean, using this meat on the grill may result in a pretty dry burger. Consider opting up for a little more fat with the 97% fat-free lean to keep some juiciness.
Again, I’m “dishing” all my secret recipes! I decided it was a little selfish to keep them all to myself. Let me introduce you to…
Gourmet Turkey Burgers with Apple-Mint Relish:
2lbs of ground turkey breast (lean)
1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup scallions or green onion
1 clove minced garlic or 1 tablespoon
1 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Mix it all together (I always use my hands). Make your patties and throw them on the grill. Turn them a few times and cook all the way through. Undercooked turkey is not a good idea!
The Apple-Mint Relish:
2 apples (usually either Golden Delicious or Fuji work best) finely diced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh mint
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
Toss it all together to make your relish. Put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors come together.
Putting it all together:
You can choose any bun or bread, but I love to use homemade onion rolls (most grocery stores carry these in the bakery section). Throw on the burger, layer on some spinach instead of lettuce, and then top it with your apple-mint relish. Finally, spread some Dijon Mustard on the top bun and presto! The only problem with these burgers is that they are a mouth full! I like to pair these with sweet potato fries or grilled corn on the cob and a fruit salad.
From The Mom in Me, MD