My Big {Skinny} Greek Turkey Burger

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful OP Valentines Day and stayed away from that chocolate floating around. That stuff is dangerous! I used to eat a ton of chocolate every Valentines Day but not this one! I know it is hard to stay away from them because they are everywhere calling your name! To help my cravings for chocolate, I just decided to have all my medifast meals chocolate! I had the fudge balls (2 meals), brownie, chocolate peanut butter cup and chocolate crunch bar. I made my own little box of Valentines chocolate. Ha ha! The best part of making your own is that there is no guilt and no extra poundage! We just work too hard to get this far to sabotage what we have done. Unfortunately, I didn't get to talk to my hubby yesterday nor the night before nor this morning again. I think his Internet must not be working properly over where he is at. He did email me from work to let me know he was fine and he was going to try and get his Internet fixed today. Hopefully, I get to talk to him soon! When you are used to talking to someone twice a day, bad things go through your mind when you don't hear from them especially when they are in a war zone. It was a total let down that we could not talk yesterday, but thank goodness he is okay.

I was originally going to start Turkey Burger Week yesterday but I didn't want to start in on "V" Day so I am starting it today. Turkey Burger Week is where I make five different recipes for turkey burgers consisting of Greek, Italian, Thai, Mexican and American. Yeah, I got the International theme going on. I have to say that my favorite turkey burger is good old fashioned American made with A1 Steak Sauce or BBQ, maybe because I'm partial to American since I live in the US. I don't know lol. My mom always tells me I like American food because I grew up here because she prefers the Thai Turkey Burgers because she is Thai LOL. Yes, I am half Thai, half Mexican and have a swirl of Irish in me. That may be why I chose the turkey burgers I did. Anyways, the first one I tried was Greek. No, I have no Greek in me but I do love Greek food! I saw this recipe on The Novice Chef  Blog and knew I had to try it because it looked and sounded delicious! I have actually seen a couple of different types of turkey burgers online that use feta as an ingredient. I am thinking it may add more moisture to the burger. I know it definitely added a wonderful flavor to the meat. The only change I had to make from her turkey burger recipe was to leave out the sun dried tomatoes. I love, love, love sun dried tomatoes, but because of the sodium content, Nutrition Support says they are not OP. Awww, too bad! So, in place of the sundried tomatoes I used red peppers. You could even try regular tomatoes but oh my, I know those sundried tomatoes would have made them even more delicious! The taste of these burgers were still pretty good even without the sun dried tomatoes. I really enjoyed trying something new and ethnic  dress up my plain old ground turkey meat. I will have to say from experience of making these burgers, I have tried both 99% and 93% fat free turkey meat and the 93% tastes so much better. This is because it makes the burger so much juicer and less dry. You can make this recipe with the 99% fat free turkey meat, but remember to add more turkey or more cheese to complete your lean. Also, you will have to add two healthy fats. I know my math in the recipe looks a little complicated, but you may just have to play around with the oz. It is difficult to measure the cooked meat after it has cheese and veggies inside of it. I just based the shrinkage on what Medifast used in their lean and green cookbook. Based on the book, 93% fat free turkey meat shrunk a little less than half. 8.75 oz of turkey meat shrunk 3.75 oz to get 5 oz of cooked meat so I just estimated to include the 1 oz of feta. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! Come back tomorrow to check out my Italiano Turkey Burger!


My Big {Skinny} Greek Turkey Burger
Slightly adapted from The Novice Chef  Blog

Ingredients:
7 oz raw, ground turkey, 85%-94% lean (should yield 3.75 oz cooked serving (3/4 Lean)
1 oz reduced fat feta cheese (1/4 Lean)
1/2 tsp oregano (1 condiment)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (1 condiment)
1/4 tsp salt (1 condiment)
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped (1/2 green)
1/4 cup Baby spinach leaves, chopped (1/4 green)

Directions:
Place turkey, feta, red pepper, spinach and seasonings into a mixing bowl. Mix until just combined.
Form patties and cook however you like to cook burgers. Grill (indoor or out), cook in hot skillet, or broil under broiler. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until an internal thermometer has reached 165 degrees.

Servings: 1 Lean, 3/4 of 1 Green and 3 Condiments

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