Mediterranean Spiced Turkey Burgers

We all want to celebrate barbecue season, but having a big, fat, juicy burger doesn’t exactly help our waistline…or our cholesterol. Try this leaner take on a grill-out favorite — Mediterranean Spiced Turkey Burgers! Serve them with gluten-free or whole-wheat buns as a healthier, lighter, yet still delicious and filling alternative!

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Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast (preferably 99% fat-free)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper paste (optional) 
  • 4 whole-wheat or gluten-free buns, split

For the toppings:

  • 1 roma tomato, sliced
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced

Directions:

1.  In a large bowl, mix togetherground turkey, onion, parsley, red pepper, cumin, garlic powder, salt, oregano, egg, and pepper paste until well-combined.

2. Take a handful of the ground turkey mixture, roll it into a ball about the size of your palm and then flatten into a 1/2 inch  patty. This should make about 4 patties.

3. Preheat barbecue grill or grill pan over medium-heat. Place the patties onto a grill and cook until done, about 5-7 minutes on each side. Serve immediately with tomatoes, red onions, and avocados or toppings of your choosing.

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Lorig knows the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle and wants to share some of her healthy alternatives to summer favorites!