Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rays of Summer Grillin': Easy Cheesy Turkey Burgers!

Back in the day (and by that I mean back in grade 10), my mom and I began a Weight Watchers program mostly for me to lose the rather large amount of excess weight I had begun to carry on my frame. No longer could I say that it was my "big bones" or "baby fat", since when I first stepped on that scale the little blinking numbers registered 226 lbs! Since then we've adopted much better eating habits that will stick with us for life. One of the recipes that we picked up from their cookbook was for turkey burgers, and with a few little tweaks our editions became so good that even after we both hit goal (and before I developed my nasty problem) we made these regularly. In fact, they were our "Friday Night Treat" and that always seemed to be the day my friends would stop by for dinner (or usually in my case stayed for dinner 'cause they practically lived there!).

Pepper-Jack Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 patties
3/4 pounds ground turkey breast
2 green onions, chopped
1 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs ketchup
1/4 tsp each of coarse black pepper, garlic powder and cumin
1/3 cup shredded peppered monterey jack cheese
8 slices turkey bacon, cooked

  1. Combine onions through spices in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add ground turkey and combine until mixed well, but not mashed to oblivion (no one likes tough turkey!!)
  3. Stir shredded cheese throughout.
  4. Shape into 4 patties, indenting the centres of each to fix the "burger bulge" (when they poof as they cook).
  5. Grill until cooked through, about 6 mins a side.
  6. Top each patty with 2 slices of cooked turkey bacon and serve on hearty rolls.

Calories: 174.9
Total Fat: 6.7 g
Cholesterol: 54.6 mg
Sodium: 591.0 mg
Total Carbs: 2.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 24.3 g