March 30, 2014

Apple Carrot Turkey Burgers

One of the dinners on my weekly meal plan for this week is apple carrot turkey burgers. We had these last night and they are quite tasty and baby approved. If you have kids that don't like their fruits and veggies. these burgers are a good way to sneak them in.

 I love these burgers because turkey meat itself is healthier and cheaper than traditional ground beef. We rarely eat ground beef. Adding the apple and carrot to the turkey not only makes the burgers even healthier and more flavorful, it stretches your meat so you can get more burgers. That means extra money savings as well.

Please note, I usually go by smell and texture to determine how much of each ingredient to add. You can adjust the amounts below to your preferences.

Ingredients
1 lb ground lean turkey (93% or 99% lean)
2 apples, peeled
2 large carrots, peeled
3 tbsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp ground rosemary
1/2 tsp ground thyme
Dash of ground sage
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp celery flakes
2 eggs
Yield: 5 burgers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place ground turkey in a bowl.
  3. Add poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, celery flakes and eggs. Mix well with your hands. (Or, you can use a stand mixer).
  4. Finely chop apples. Grate carrots with a coarse grater. Chop any long pieces of carrot, you want small slices. Mix both together in a bowl.
  5. Slowly add apple and carrot to the turkey, mixing as you go with your hands (if you use a stand mixer, stop to check texture often). The mixture should be moist but still stick together in a patty shape. Test it as you go. If it starts getting too moist, discard the remaining apple and carrot. The juicier the apples, the less you'll need. If you happen to overdo it, add in some bread crumbs to absorb the excess moisture.
  6. Using your hands, form the mixture into 5 patties. The thicker you make them the longer they will take to cook.
  7. Place the burgers on a cookie sheet. Bake until they reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees. If you prefer, you can use an indoor or outdoor grill instead. 
Notes:
You can add cheese, but we actually prefer them without.
The burgers freeze well. The ones we had last night were frozen back in October and were still tasty. 




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