Let the Whole 30 recipes continue! Happy hump everyone! Today is day 9 of my Whole 30 journey, and I have to say this is definitely the best recipe yet. I take full credit for this one. It began as a “wing it” recipe that turned into probably my favorite so far in this process! The turkey burger is super simple, but very flavorful and filling. I have been having a hard time feeling full (odd right since I’m eating way more protein and fat than usual?) so this burger came at the perfect time!
For my side, I stuck with simple and delicious. Roasted cauliflower and potato with garlic and herbs. Take a head of cauliflower and break it apart with a small knife. Dice your potatoes into about 1-1 1/2 in chunks. Toss your cauliflower and potatoes in a little olive oil with salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried thyme, and 1 smashed garlic clove. You can also add 1/4 of a diced onion or sprinkle a little onion powder over the top. Roast in the oven on a greased baking sheet for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees. Delicious!
For my main dish, the burger, I did’t use a bun but you could always use two portobello mushroom caps for a little heartier meal or wrap in lettuce. I topped min with a few slices of avocado and a little roasted garlic salsa (yes, I have been putting salsa on EVERYTHING!). You can add other herbs or spices to your burger to change the flavor as you desire. This is a great base for any veggie or starch side and is minimal in ingredients! As my binder, I chose to use almond meal. If you find that your burgers seem a little too wet, add an additional Tbsp or so to the quantity I provide. I hope you try and enjoy these delicious burgers!
Simple Turkey Burger
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup almond meal (may need to adjust as needed)
- 1 whole egg
- 1/4 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1-2 garlic cloves (depending on size), minced
- seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil, dried Italian herb blend (may sub oregano) — season to taste. I never measure my seasonings, but I would recommend no less than 1 tsp of the herbs and garlic powder!
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil or olive oil spray
- toppings of choices
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with your hands. Carefully incorporate your almond meal to help take away some of the moisture from the ground turkey. Please feel free to add more almond meal if you cannot properly handle the meat or if it is just too sticky to form a patty. It should still be a little sticky regardless (that’s why they are so moist!).
Separate your meat mixture into approximately 4 servings (the burgers will be a good size; if looking for “slider” size, you can separate into 6-7 smaller burgers instead). Once you have formed your patties, either place on the grill or in a heated stove-top pan with a little olive oil or cooking spray for about 4-6 minutes per side. You may need to flip more than once to assure both sides are cooked through. Allow patties to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!