Thursday, January 15, 2009

Turkey Burgers Revisited

I've previously posted about the world's best turkey burger and still maintain that particular version is the best ever. But even though the world's best turkey burger is incredibly tasty...it still isn't entirely diet friendly between the oil and herb marinade and Parmesan slices. Looking a head to a weekend filled with out of town guests, football (GO STEELERS!) and a trip to the Brazilian steakhouse, we needed something light.

So I threw together this Italian Turkey Burger recipe last night. Very, very simple and quick and definitely does have a flavor reminiscent of Italian sausage as the recipe claims. Not as good as the turkey burger mentioned above...but still a very good option. My husband says he would actually eat the original turkey burger 9 times out of 10 over a real burger...the Italian turkey burger didn't quite receive such a glowing review. But if you're really watching what you're eating and still are craving that burger (or Italian sausage), this is a keeper! I do think the grilled onion rings from the original recipe would be fantastic on top of these burgers too.

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 pound(s) lean ground turkey
1/3 cup(s) onion(s), chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
4 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray
2 small tomato(es), ripe, yellow and/or red, thinly sliced
1 cup(s) basil, fresh, leaves, torn or thinly shredded
4 item(s) reduced-calorie hamburger roll(s)

1. Coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, onion, garlic, fennel seed, salt and pepper; form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Coat burgers and inside of rolls with cooking spray.

3. Grill burgers for 5 minutes; flip burgers and add rolls to grill. Grill open-face rolls until lightly charred, about 1 to 2 minutes; remove to serving plates. Grill burgers until cooked through, about 5 minutes more. (it took us quite a bit longer than 10 minutes until they were done)

4. To serve, top grilled rolls with tomato slices and burgers; garnish with basil. Yields 1 burger per serving at 5 points per serving. (I didn't have fresh basil on hand but it would definitely be tasty on these burgers)

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