Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Bacon Cheese Inside Out Turkey Burgers As Will Be Featured on The Today Show!

Posted by 2 years ago 19 Comments

That’s right … one of my recipes (and consequently ME) on the TODAY SHOW!

I can hardly believe it myself!

It’s actually quite a funny story …

As you guys may know I work with The Laughing Cow and have for some time now. I love our relationship and really enjoy getting creative with their products. It’s so fun!

Last week my Laughing Cow contact let me know about a contest the “Today” show was having about healthy burgers so I decided to submit my Bacon Cheese Inside Out Turkey Burgers and wouldn’t you know, it won!

I’m now one of three finalists going to NYC for their Too Good To Be Healthy competition! I’m going to be presenting the burger to Al Roker and Willie Geist!

OK, I can’t think about it or my head may explode so I’m just going with the flow. I hop on a train tomorrow and will be on air Friday. That’s all I know at the moment. Keep an eye on my Twitter account and facebook page for updates. I’ll be sharing more breaking news there.

Bacon Cheese Inside Out Turkey Burgers As Will Be Featured on The Today Show!I made the burgers again last night with the slight changes to the recipe I mentioned in the original post. This is the one they will be using for the show!

  • 8oz extra-lean ground turkey (This time I used the 93%)
  • ~1/3 cup grated zucchini (75g)
  • ~1 tbsp grated onion (25g)
  • ~1 tbsp minced garlic (15g)
  • 4 tbsp real bacon bits (28g)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (60g)
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel® Light Rounds

Put all the ingredients in a bowl except the cheese.

Mix well. The mixture will be moist.

Separate the meat mixture into 4 equal parts of about 4 ounces each. Now take 1 of the 4-ounce portions and separate into 2 small patties.

Cut a Babybel round in half lengthwise making two circles.

Place one of the cheese circles in the center of a small patty.

Top with the other small patty and form together.

Repeat for the other 3 burgers.

Grill the burgers about 5-6 minutes a side. They will stick, especially if the grill isn’t hot enough. Use nonstick spray or rub the grill with a bit of oil to help.

I used my grill pan this time instead of the outside grill.


I wanted to see how they would come out and I wasn’t disappointed. Neither was The Husband OR the 8-year-old — they really like this burger! And if you know my husband, he’s not one for “stuff” in his burger meat. He’s more of a straight up beef guy. The 2-year-old? Well that was a different story.


I ate mine on a whole wheat hamburger bun with some baby spinach and a squirt of ketchup. It was perfect!


Here’s another inside shot. It came out moist and cheesy!


To see more photos of the stuffing process, click here to see my original post. I go into more details.

Note: The Nutritional Information differs slightly from my original recipe as I’m now using a different site to calculate. Overall the changes are minor. This is why I say “approximate.”

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1 patty – NOT including the bun
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
197 9g 2g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
2g 2g 13g 17g

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    August 28, 2013

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Roni, these are the only way I will eat a turkey burger!!!! They are the absolute best! And funny hubby doesn't even realize he is eating zucchini.... I've made it numerous times and for others as well and they have all raved. Well done!! Jessica PS. Enjoy the show!!! Reply

    Sarah E

    August 28, 2013

    I know I'm not just speaking for myself when I say how proud and excited I am for you! What an awesome journey you've been on!! We love seeing wonderful things happen to you! :) Reply

    ann marie

    August 29, 2013

    Oh , I cant wait to see you on TV !!! I love your website, love your recipes, GOOD LUCK - HOPE YOU WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply

    Jody - Fit at 55

    August 29, 2013

    HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!! I will record!!!!!! Reply

    barbara bry

    August 29, 2013

    wow i am so happy for you. please post when you will be on so i can watch. you go girl. Reply

    Matt @ Your Living Body

    August 29, 2013

    Congratulations - it's well deserved! Reply


    August 30, 2013

    Made this in time to sit and eat it while I watched the Today Show. Sorry you didn't win as the burger is delicious and yours was the lowest calorie, too. I don't know where I would get ground buffalo meat anyway. Congratulations for making it in the top three!!! Reply


    August 30, 2013

    I saw you and your yummy burger this morning!! So glad you mentioned your blog and I found it! Your burger is the one I wanted to try, and I will. It's the perfect Labor Day weekend burger. I'm so glad to find your blog. Losing weight isn't easy so I'm thrilled to find your blog! Thanks! Reply


    August 30, 2013

    Just saw this on the TODAY Show - will makes these for lunch for me and my three year old! Reply


    August 31, 2013

    Those look REAAALLY good!! I am going to try to make them without the oatmeal (low carb). So excited for you to be on the show!! Wow :) Be proud of that! Reply

    Lisa Akers

    September 1, 2013

    Do you think these could be assembled one day and grilled the next? Thanks, Lisa Reply


      September 2, 2013

      Hi Lisa! It should work but I think it make be easier/better to make the meat mixture and then stuff and grill them the next day. The patties are very moist with the zucchini.

    Mary @

    September 3, 2013

    Wow, these look so yummy. I'm trying to find flavorful ways to use ground turkey and this sounds like something my kids would like. They love Babybel cheese so that's a good start. Reply


    September 5, 2013

    Hey Roni! Love ALL of your recipes and have printed many of them. Lately they have not been printing properly. I get all the pics and the recipe, multiple pages. Help! Reply


      September 5, 2013

      Sorry about that. I thought I had it fixed! It should now only print the top photo and I'm working on getting that one removed too!


    September 9, 2013

    Hey Roni!! I made these for dinner last night and they were absolutely amazing!! I really touted the whole "these were recently featured on Good Morning America" to get my husband and kids to go along with them!! The husband and I LOVED them!!! We both even brought leftovers to work today for lunch. Sooo good. As far as the daughter, well, she's a picky eater and I haven't been nearly as good about making her try things are you are with Ryan!! Reply

    Jennifer Gloede

    September 22, 2013

    The ingredients list says 8 oz of turkey, but the instructions mention dividing in to four equal parts of about 4 oz each. I'm just curious if the stats are for 8 oz or 16. We made these before, and they are de-lish! Reply


      September 22, 2013

      Hi Jennifer! All of the other ingredients bump up the weight. It's not a typo (for a change. ) :)

      Jennifer Gloede

      September 22, 2013

      Got it! I used a whole pack of turkey. And made 5 burgers from it. My math may be a little off, but I swag about 220 calories or so per burger. So that's still pretty good! Plus, a bump in the protein, too. Thanks for replying!