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Turkey Burgers

With summer FINALLY here, it gets many of us in the grilling mood for meal prepping. Most people's minds jump straight to steak, or beef, or chicken... but how about Turkey Burgers? I know what you're thinking... it's called a Turkey Burger? That can't be much healthier than any other burger! Well, the good news is turkey burgers can provide you with numerous health and nutritional benefits.

One of the first big benefit is that they are a source of complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids your body needs daily. Protein not only helps you feel full for longer periods, but it also allows you to maintain lean body mass and is beneficial for healthy weight management. Plus, Turkey Burgers typically have a lower source of saturated fat making this meat beneficial for calorie control, healthy weight management, and weight loss!

Keeping that lower concentrated saturated fat idea in mind, this meal is a bit heart healthier than most burgers. While it's still generally best to choose lean turkey burgers instead of those higher in fat to control calories, you don't have to worry about turkey burgers contributing to your risk for heart disease.

The bottom line is that lean turkey burgers are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals without the extra calories. Adding them to your meal plan will help you maintain lean muscle mass, boost satiety, keep heart disease risks low, and maintain a healthy body weight.

Help limit your carb intake with this delicious recipe!


Greek Turkey Burgers


Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 7 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 medium fresh lemon
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1.25 lb. ground turkey
  • 6 halves sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 oz. frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • to taste salt and pepper

  • Instructions

    1. Prepare the yogurt sauce by combining the yogurt, 1/4 tsp minced garlic, dry dill, juice of half the lemon and a dash of salt. Stir everything to combine and then refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend while you make the burgers.
    2. Thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Roughly chop the spinach to prevent long stringy pieces. Also chop the sun dried tomatoes and 1/4 of the red onion.
    3. In a bowl combine the ground turkey with the spinach, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, dried oregano, egg, bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Stir everything until it is evenly combined. Shape the mixture into six patties.
    4. Cook the burgers on a counter top grill, a non-stick skillet or over open flame. Spread the yogurt sauce on both sides of a bun, add a warm burger and top with thin slices of red onion and cucumber. Enjoy!
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