Nothing compares to a damn good burger. I’ve had my fair share of greasy, bacon wrapped, cheesy, juicy, ridiculously delicious burgers. Unfortunately, the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that I might as well staple those burgers to my thighs and rear end. Gravity and age are no longer on my side, which is why I’ve turned to a healthier version of one of my favorite dishes.
While I’m sure there are thousands of turkey burger recipes out there similar to this, I wanted to give you MY take on a healthy and filling burger. This gourmet style bruger is packed with a punch; not for the faint of heart!
ground turkey (1lb. makes about 4 burgers)
- fresh cilantro
- pepper jack cheese
- fresh garlic
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Form ground turkey into patties. I like to ball up the meat and flatten with my palms so that the edges are jagged and not perfectly round. Call me crazy, but I firmly believe this “old school” shaped pattie makes a difference in the taste of the burger. I also make my patties HUGE and flat; they will thicken up as they cook. Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.
Chop about 3 garlic cloves. Add a thin layer of olive oil to pan on low heat and toss in the garlic.
Cut jalapenos into thin slices and chop the cilantro.
Add jalapeno slices and chopped cilantro into pan with garlic to saute; increase heat to just below medium.
Add the seasoned patties to the pan; directly on top of the sauteed mix.
Increase heat as necessary until patties are fully cooked.
I like to add Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for dipping and pair this with sweet potato fries, a side salad, or corn on the cob. It’s a zesty and light meal, perfect for summertime. Use reduced fat cheese, no dipping sauce, and no bun if you’re looking to be extra healthy!
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