Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fajita Turkey Burgers

Think all turkey burgers are boring and dry??  Think again!  These were the moistest burgers EVER.  I found the recipe on the Cooking Light web site. The avocado salsa on the top is great! And the burgers are so flavorful.  If you're a fan of bell peppers, you'll love these.  If not, just cut the amount of bells back or omit all together & you'll still love these!  If you're in a hurry, buy the pre-chopped veggies and these come together on no time!
I do have a helpful tip to making your turkey burgers moist.  I ALWAYS do this whenever I'm using ground poultry for anything, since it lacks the fat content of ground beef.  Take 1/2 or 1/4 of an onion & using the fine side of a grater, grate it into your turkey meat and mix.  It's a simple extra step that will make a BIG difference.

If you're looking for a quick and healthy burger that's a little out of the ordinary, give this one a try.  Enjoy!

Fajita Turkey Burgers
from Cooking Light
1/4 cup bottled tomatillo salsa
2 tablespoons chopped avocado
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
Cooking spray
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (use the other half for the above mentioned tip)
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 teaspoons fajita seasoning, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 pound ground turkey
1 egg white
4 (1 1/2-ounce) whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Combine tomatillo salsa, chopped avocado, and cilantro; set aside.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 1 cup.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and bell peppers; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon fajita seasoning (I added a splash of water). Cool.

Combine breadcrumbs, onion mixture, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons fajita seasoning, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, tomato paste, turkey, and egg white in a large bowl. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Heat pan over medium heat. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun. Top each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons salsa mixture; top with remaining halves of buns.

Calories:349, Fat:11.5g

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