The vegetables in this turkey burger mixture not only contribute lots of vitamins A and C and micronutrients like the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been linked to eye health, but they also help to moisten burgers that can otherwise be quite dry. Make sure to buy lean ground turkey breast.
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ cup finely diced onion
½ cup finely diced red bell pepper
Salt to taste
1 large garlic clove, green shoot removed, minced
2/3 cup finely grated carrot (1 large carrot)
1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey breast, preferably organic, from humanely raised turkeys
1 tablespoon prepared barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Canola oil for the skillet
Whole grain hamburger buns and condiments of your choice
1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet and add the onion. Cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes, and add the diced red pepper and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the grated carrot and cook, stirring, for anther minute or two, until the carrots have softened slightly and the mixture is fragrant. Remove from the heat.
2. In a large bowl, mash the ground turkey with a fork. Add about ¾ teaspoon kosher salt if desired, and mix in the barbecue sauce, ketchup, and freshly ground pepper to taste. Add the sautéed vegetables and mix together well. Shape into 6 patties, about ¾-inch thick. Chill for 1 hour if possible to facilitate handling.
3. Heat a nonstick griddle or a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat and brush with a small amount of canola oil, or prepare a medium-hot grill. When you can feel the heat when you hold your hand above it, cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side. Serve on whole grain buns, with the condiments of your choice.
Yield: 6 burgers.
Advance preparation: You can make this turkey burger mix, shape into patties and freeze for 2 or 3 months. Thaw as needed. The mix will keep for a day in the refrigerator, but check the use-by date on the package.
This recipe was found on the New York Times website.