Juicy Agave n’ Basil Turkey Burgers

Just in time for Memorial Day, these juicy agave burgers are a sure crowd pleaser.  If you’re not a fan of ground turkey, feel free to substitute ground bison, chicken, tofu or beans for a unique twist on the classic American burger.  This recipe creates an incredibly tender burger from the agave nectar, which adds the perfect hint of sweetness pairs with fresh basil.  I always add vegetables to my burger to bulk up the patty and increase the fiber content, so toss in spinach as I did, or try chopped kale, collards or Swiss Chard, which taste amazing mixed into the burger, as well.

These burgers are incredibly beautiful to the eye as they’re finished off with a leaf of Rainbow Swiss Chard, tomatoes, daikon radish, avocado and my homemade ketchup.  Heaven? Yes, I thought so…

Happy Memorial Day.

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • Gluten-Free buns
  • Toppings: Rainbow Swiss chard, sliced tomatoes, shaved daikon radish, avocado
  • Condiments of choice: Mustard, hummus, salsa, guacamole

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using hands, mix well to incorporate all ingredients.
  2. Mold turkey mixture into patties depending on your desired thickness.
  3. Place on a hot grill; cook until turkey is completely cooked on both sides.
  4. Remove from grill; transfer to a gluten-free bun topped with a leaf of rainbow Swiss Chard, tomato slices, daikon radish, a slice of avocado and a squirt of my homemade ketchup.
  5. Round out the meal with a side of my crunchy apple and parsnip  fries.
  6. Enjoy!

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Oat n’ Turkey Burgers

The other night I was making turkey burgers in my kitchen and I glanced over at my “Steel Cut Oats” and thought…hmmm, let’s throw these guys into the recipe and experiment!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground Turkey
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • Eden Organic no salt-added tomatoes
  • Nu-Salt, Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1/3 cup bran crumbs (you can use mashed crackers, pretzels, etc.)
  • Bread of Choice (Buns, Pitas, Wrap,  Flat Bread, Naan)
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • 1 Fresh Tomato, sliced
  • Cooking Spray
  • Veganaise, Mustard, Ketchup for topping (if desired)

Directions

  • Combine the first 7 ingredients in a bowl and mix well
  • Divide into 6 burgers (1/2 inch thick)
  • Heat grill pan and spray with cooking spray over medium-high heat
  • Add patties and cook for 6 minutes on each side (or until fully cooked)
  • Place each patty on your choice of bread (above) along with slices of fresh tomato, kale, collard greens.
  • Add Veganaise, Mustard, or Ketchup if desired
  • Enjoy!

These delicious burgers turned out to be quite a success and I loved the texture with the oats.  I paired these burgers with a side of my butternut squash fries!