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Mexican Turkey Burgers

Written By: Chris - Apr• 15•12

I’ve encouraged others to take the step to try ground turkey rather than ground beef, but I think it may be a misconception that it’s “healthier”.    I’ve always heard that ground turkey is better for you, but after reading a couple of articles recently, I learned that ground turkey can be about the same as ground beef (or worse if you use the leanest ground beef).  What?? 

Beef burgers are loved by most people.  I’ve always heard that the problem with them is that they are very fattening.  This is because they are normally fried and beef is high in fat.  I also believed that turkey burgers are made from a much leaner meat which means that they are much less fattening… now I’m not so sure that what I’ve been buying is better! 

I learned from the Nutrition Diva that if you compare lean ground turkey with lean ground beef, both have the same amount of fat and calories.  Chicken and turkey are sometimes lower in fat than beef or pork. But not always.  As long as you buy high quality lean turkey, then it is indeed healthier than an all-beef burger.  When choosing ground turkey, the meat should be mostly white meat.  The Mayo clinic warns us that meat and poultry can both be sources of unhealthy fat and cholesterol; so choose your turkey carefully!

When you have the highest quality turkey, it can be mixed with a variety of delicious ingredients to create moist and delicious burgers!

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey
1 Large Onions
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
1 Egg (I use egg beaters)
2 Tablespoons Cilantro
½ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Salsa (homemade)
1 Garlic clove
Salt & Pepper

Start by Sauteing onions until caramelized.  Allow to cool slightly before gently mixing  well with all other ingredients.  Preheat grill and spray with non stick cooking spray.  Form into patties and place onto grill.

Grill until cooked thoroughly done.  This takes roughly 10 min or so on each side.
Top with your favorite toppings including tomatoes, salsa, lettuce and sour cream!
Another trick I’ve learned is to mix the ground turkey with part skim ricotta cheese, which adds moisture!

We enjoyed this meal with a delicious blend from Napa Valley.

Cheers!
~Chris

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