Updated: Aug 17, 2020
I'm always looking for a way to spice up my protein! I think we all can agree there's nothing worse than a bland, overcooked and dry chicken breast. Insert the juiciest, most flavorful Greek-inspired turkey burgers! They're perfect year-round, whether cooked on a grill during the summer, or in a skillet inside during the winter. This is my go-to dish when I'm in a recipe rut. Get the details here:
1 lb ground turkey (I use 98% lean, 2% fat)
1/2 a bell pepper (any color works)
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (I always buy tomatoes packed in olive oil for more flavor.)
3 cloves fresh garlic
2 tablespoons chimichurri or pesto ( You can make your own, or buy it at the store.)
Mince bell pepper, sun dried tomatoes, shallot and garlic cloves.
Put into a bowl with your ground turkey.
Add in chimichurri or pesto, this helps bind the meat and veggies, while adding AMAZING flavor!
Combine the ground turkey with your veggies and herbs until evenly distributed and shape into four patties.
Coat a nonstick pan with 3 tablespoons olive oil and bring to a medium heat. Thinly slice one sweet onion and sauté until caramelized and soft. This should take at least 15 minutes. You don't want to char or burn the onion, so keeping it at medium to medium low heat is key. Be sure to add 1 teaspoon salt, and a few tablespoons of water throughout the cooking process to help the onion soften. Once the onions are a deep brown color and creamy, remove them from the pan and place into a separate bowl.
Use the same pan you cooked your onions in to cook the burgers. The lingering onion flavor will add even more deliciousness to the patties! Lightly coat your pan in olive oil, and cook the burgers about 5 minutes on each side or until done. You don't want to crowd your pan so you may have to do this in two batches.
Build your burger. This is the best part of the dish in my opinion! To keep it low carb, I opt out of a bun. Here's how I create it the Happy, Healthy, Wholesome way:
Create a bed of 2 - 3 butter lettuce leaves.
Lay down two slices of tomato.
Top with a turkey patty.
Spoon additional chimichurri or pesto on top of the burger.
Add a heaping spoonful of your caramelized onions.
Layer with sliced avocado.
Top with microgreens for a final hit of herby flavor.
This recipe is gluten free, paleo and Whole30 approved. Enriched with healthy fats and veggies, this is a meal designed to keep you fueled and satisfied. Not to mention, turkey is an AMAZING source of lean protein and loaded with B vitamins and minerals to build cell function and strong bones. Happy cooking!