Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gobble gobble.

Last month, after surveying the status of the economy, but more importantly, my waistline, I decided I needed to focus a bit more on menu planning and healthy meals. As a result, we've been cooking some really great meals at home. While I've taken some photos, I've been lazy when it comes to actually getting the photos off the camera. But just because I don't have a picture doesn't mean I can't share a recipe or two with you.

On Tuesday, we made what has become a favorite in recent weeks: grilled turkey burgers. These burgers are moist and flavorful, and low in fat so they're better for you than beef. We grill a couple of red onion slices along with the burgers, and serve the burgers on lightly-grilled whole-wheat buns with the onions on the side. One recipe makes four burgers, and if you serve a good side dish, one burger is plenty for a meal, leaving another one for lunch the next day.

Oh, and since I'm following Weight Watchers, I'll include the points value for those of you who might be interested.

Grilled Turkey Burgers
4 Servings
Weight Watchers Points: 7 per serving, including the bun

1.3 lbs ground turkey
1/4 c. dried bread crumbs
1/4  c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce
4 whole-grain buns

Combine turkey, bread crumbs, chopped onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and Sriracha in a large bowl. Mix well. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions and form into patties. Grill on a hot, pre-heated grill for about 7 minutes per side. Serve on whole-wheat buns.

TIP: When forming the patties, indent the center slightly so that the edges stick up more than the middle and they almost look like donuts, but the hole isn't quite there. This will prevent the burgers from turning into puffy meatballs and they will stay nice and burger-shaped.

Tonight we're making another favorite, turkey taco lettuce wraps with a side of basil-lime corn. I'll let you know later how that turns out. In the mean time, I highly recommend you make these turkey burgers tonight!

3 comments:

  1. Hey! I didn't know you were doing weight watchers! I did that before the wedding....and depending on how faithful I was to following the plan, I did have good results. I have at least 2 WW cook books if you want to borrow?? After the baby comes I will start back up on my "watch what, when, how much, and where you eat" diet, but right now...I just don't see the point...b/c I think I will gain weight over the next few weeks whether I want to or not!!! ;)
    Let me know and I can send them with Chris to work for you to borrow!
    P.S. those turkey burgers sound great!

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  2. I LOVE turkey burgers! This reminds me to make some soon.

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