The “Oh-These-Are-GOOD” Turkey Burgers

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Finished Turkey Burgers

My first post since the new design! The past few days have been stressful to say the least. I never thought my site would get so big! Currently, GreenLiteBites has over 950 posts, 22,000 comments, and some recipes like the Banana Oatmeal Cups have been pinned over 500,000 times!

This TOTALLY blows my mind. Especially considering I know how many posts didn’t make it Hello random food photos on my computer!

Now I’m hoping to focus on cooking again instead of being distracted by site maintenance. There’s still a few lingering things to be done, but overall I’m happy I took the leap. I hope you like it. Please let me know if you are having any trouble navigating and expect a few small changes in the coming weeks.

OK, now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for some turkey burgers!

I’m calling these The “Oh-These-Are-GOOD” Turkey Burgers because that’s what the 7-year-old said after taking his first bite.

Kids Eating Turkey Burgers.

Kids Eating Turkey Burgers.

He didn’t THINK he’d like them because there was green and red stuff (peppers) visible and God knows if something looks just slightly off the kid hops on the ewww bandwagon. Although, he knows not to really say anything anymore because it doesn’t work on me. He’s still gonna eat it.

Anyway, the idea behind the burgers was to bulk them up with some good stuff and use up a bag of frozen peppers I’ve had WAY too long.

 

Ingredients for Turkey Burgers

Ingredients for Turkey Burgers

I was successful on both accounts and now I have leftover cooked patties in my freezer for quick lunches/dinners whenever I want!

As for the “good stuff” I’ve experimented with adding ground flax to ground meat before but it tends to fall apart. However, you can counteract this by adding wheat bran. Now I realize flax and bran are two odd things to add to burgers, but think about it — how is it any different than adding breadcrumbs to meatballs or meatloaf? It’s isn’t, plus flax and bran have WAY better nutritional profiles than plain breadcrumbs.

The “Oh-These-Are-GOOD” Turkey Burgers The Husband wasn’t home when I made these but later I warmed one up for him and he happily ate away. When I asked how they were, he simply said, “Good.” Which, as you know, is the most excitement I’ll get out of him. Darn non-foodies.

Anyway, let me get to the recipe up before I write a novel. Here’s what I did …

  • 1 8oz bag of frozen mixed pepper strips
  • 20 oz package of ground turkey (93/7)
  • 4 tbsp ground flax meal ()
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran ()
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of kosher salt

Spread the bag of peppers on a cutting board and chop them a little smaller. You could, of course, use fresh but I’ve had this bag in my freezer forever and it was time to use it. I also like knowing I can use a bag of frozen when fresh is unavailable.

Put all ingredients in a bowl

Ingredients for Turkey Burger in the Bowl

Ingredients for Turkey Burger in the Bowl

Mix with your hands until combined.

Turkey Burger Ingredients all Mixed

Turkey Burger Ingredients all Mixed

Form into 8 – 4oz patties.

Turkey Burger Patties

Turkey Burger Patties

I actually had 1oz leftover and made a small patty for the 2-year-old with it.

Preheat your grill and spray or rub with a little oil as turkey burgers have a habit of sticking.

I cooked them about 7 minutes a side on a hot grill but over medium-low heat.

Turkey Burgers on the Grill

Turkey Burgers on the Grill

While I grilled, one kid stomped bubbles …

Toddler Stomping Bubbles

Toddler Stomping Bubbles

and the other practiced lacrosse.

Kid Playing Lacrosse

Kid Playing Lacrosse

It was FINALLY a nice day out here.

I grabbed some whole wheat buns and cheese for the boys.

Finished Turkey Burgers

Finished Turkey Burgers

Dinner was served and the goofballs and I had a great time.

Dinner with the Boys.

He’s such a GOOF anymore. I love it. :)

I’m only calculating the nutritional information for the patty so you can add in your own bun of choice. I see myself eating these on whole wheat English muffins in the future. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 1 patty
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 7g 3g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
1g 2g 7g 16g
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10 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Krista

    Those look amazing, Roni! Every time I cook turkey burgers on my grill they stick like crazy and half the patties end up being all ragged and partially fallen through the grates. I had given up making them, but after seeing how great yours turned out, I am going to oil up the grill better next time and hope for the best!

    I love the remodel on the site. It looks great and so far, everything I’ve clicked on works. YAY.

    Evan’s hair is adorable…it looks a bit like he might have some curls or waves going on.

  2. Matt G

    Wow.. 950 posts! What an achievement! Is there a celebration planned for the post 1000? THanks for this Turkey burgers recipe. Like turkey because it is a great source of lean meat.

  3. Diane @ Vintage Zest

    Congrats on all the success! In guessing about 1,000 of those pins came from me. :) I just started my blog 3 1/2 months ago, so I am super impressed with 950 posts and going strong! Keep up the good work (and all of the yummy Recipes for us)!

  4. Laura Kenkel

    These look delicious – thank you! Love how you’ve been able to get your kids to eat almost anything, they are adorable.

  5. nancyabc

    Web site looks great and I can get into it with out crashing–that is always good but best of all you still have great recipes.

  6. The HealthyArizonan

    I tried the Turkey burgers, great suggestion they were great! I didn’t think they would taste that good! My new favorite is the Easter Spinach Salad I like it. I like the taste as well as the amount of natural nutrients in the ingredients. This is exactly what I was looking for. Nice simple low cholesterol recipes, especially breakfast, thanks a lot.

    The Healthy Arizonan

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