turkey burgers.

once upon a time i was a vegetarian.

whether this was a good idea or a bad idea is still up for debate.  i love the idea of being vegetarian, mostly for the humanitarian reasons, but it can be a pretty tricky regime to stick to and definitely not for everyone.  unfortunately for me, i just wasn’t getting enough (or any for that matter) protein in my diet and was always feeling tired and sluggish.  so, i slowly started incorporating some meat back into my diet a couple years ago to get my energy up.

since un-vegetarianizing, i’ve pretty much stuck to chicken or turkey and stayed away from red meats.  but, now that the weather is warming up and barbecue season is upon us, it’s getting harder and harder to resist sinking my teeth into a juicy, homemade, grilled burger.

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after contemplating giving in to eating ground beef, i decided that i can probably make homemade turkey burgers that are equally as delicious. so, that’s indeed what i did.  last night for dinner, i made these yummy (and healthy) burgers:

ingredients (serves 4):

-1/4 cup minced garlic
-1/3 cup red onion
-1/3 cup pepper
-1/3 cup chopped spinach
-1 tbsp cajun spices
-450 g ground turkey
-4 hamburger buns
-salt & pepper to taste

directions:

  1. in a bowl, combine all ingredients.  stir until evenly mixed.
  2. shape the mixture into 4 patties.
  3. grill the burgers on a barbecue (or non-stick skillet) under cooked through.
  4. remove from heat, add bun, and serve with your choice of toppings.  ENJOY!

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^^combine all ingredients.

IMG_2683^^stir until thoroughly combined.

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^
^shape into patties.

IMG_2688^^grill ’em up!

IMG_2692^^serve! (i added caramelized onions + chipotle mayo).

IMG_2691^^bbq’d potatoes (tossed in olive oil + chipotle) made for the perfect side.

we added a light salad and baked potatoes to our meal and voila!  could that have been any easier??  you bet i’ll be making these again throughout the summer!

happy monday all!!

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