October 6, 2014

Skinny and Spicy Cowboy Turkey Burgers


Let's make some healthified burgers!

You know how you have your basic items you always buy at the grocery store? Like, say, ground turkey. But you just get tired of the same ole' meals week in and week out? Yeah, me too. So I went on a search to find a turkey burger that would add a little pizzazz to my life. Specifically pizzazz where my tastebuds are concerned. And lemme tell ya, I think these burgers did the trick!

Up close and personal.

You take your basic 1.25 lb package of ground turkey and add in a host of Southwestern ingredients. Jalapenos, onions, hot sauce, cilantro, and some cheddar cheese. You also add in some carrots because I'm a veggie addict and I squeeze'em in where I can. BUT, you cannot, and I repeat, cannot taste the carrots. So don't leave them out! Your eyes can thank me later.

Grill them up until they're cooked through.

Top'em with a zesty slaw for a real Southern treat...

And there you go. An exciting dinner is served. No more bland turkey burgers.

And guess what? I was even more jazzed up at the fact that one of these patties (and 1/4 cup of slaw) is a mere 230 calories. I opted for a bunless burger with a side of smashed potatoes, which are out of this world amazing. I'll post the recipe for those below as well.

Check out the gorgeous sunset from my balcony... swoon.

Skinny Cowboy Turkey Burgers and Slaw
Adapted from the Skinny Fork

Servings: 5 • Size: Burger + 1/4 C. Slaw (Bun not included.) • Calories: 233.2 • Fat: 5.4 g • Carb: 7.2 g • Fiber: 1.3 g • Protein: 32.7 g • Sugar: 3 g • Sodium: 425.9 mg


1 1/4 Lbs. Lean Ground Turkey Breast
2/3 C. Carrot, Grated
2 Tbsp. Bread Crumbs
2 Tbsp. Onion, Diced
2 Tbsp. Cilantro, Chopped
1 Tbsp. Hot Sauce (Tobasco)
1 Egg White
1 JalapeƱo, Seeded, Stemed & Diced
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
Salt & Pepper To Taste
2 1/2 Oz. Sharp Cheddar, grated

2 Tbsp. Fat Free Milk
2-3 Tbsp. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 C. Slaw Mix or Shredded Cabbage
1/2 C. grated carrots


Combine the burger ingredients together with clean hands until well blended and form into five equally sized patties. You can make them ahead of time and keep them covered in the fridge to grill later.

In the mean time, you can prepare your slaw. Whisk together the milk, yogurt, vinegar and seasonings. Add in the slaw and toss together. This can be made ahead of time as well and left covered in the fridge until ready to top burgers.

Grill your burgers with your method of choice until cooked through. Ground turkey should reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.

Once the burgers are cooked, top each with 1/4 c. slaw and enjoy!

Smashed Red Potatoes


12 small red potatoes (I bought a pre-bagged bunch from Sprouts)
3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Place potatoes in a large pot and add water until just covering potatoes. Boil for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.

Pre-heat oven to 450F. Drizzle olive oil on a non-stick baking sheet. Once potatoes are done boiling, drain and place potatoes in rows on the sheet.

Gently smash each potato with a masher, turn 90 degrees and smash again until potato spreads out like a cookie.

Drizzle olive oil over smashed potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I like to add minced garlic sometimes too.

Pop in the oven and allow to roast for 20-25 minutes, until potatoes start to turn dark brown and crispy.




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