New Ways to Dress Up a Turkey Burger
Most of us could eat red meat in the form of hamburgers every single day, but there are a variety of reasons why don’t. Turkey burgers are always a good alternative when we’re trying to slash fat but without the right add ons they can get a little boring. Here are some ways to dress up a turkey burger that will convince you that they’re as good (or better) than the beef alternative.
Instead of topping your turkey burger with ketchup and mustard, step up your game by spreading the bun with an artichoke goat cheese spread. It’s still relatively low in fat and calories but has a full flavor that will basically melt in your mouth.
You will need:
3 ounces soft goat cheese
2 whole canned artichoke hearts, that have been drained and chopped
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 scallions thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
All the preparation requires is that you mix all of these ingredients together into a bowl and then serve or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Bringing the goat cheese to room temperature before you mix it is going to help speed up the process. A serving size is 3/4 cup so feel free to pile it on your turkey burger with wild abandon.
Peanut sauce is like the “grown up” version of digging peanut butter out of the jar and eating spoonfuls at a time. It’s all refined and culinary. You might find that you enjoy eating peanut sauce on a lot of things, but it’s particularly good with a turkey burger since the turkey doesn’t threaten to compete with the hearty and fatty (healthy fatty) taste of the peanut. You can’t say that about a beef burger. Plus, it’s easy to make.
You will need:
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
1 clove garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp ground ginger
If you’re making your own turkey burgers set aside 2 tbsp of the peanut butter to actually work into the turkey patties before you cook them. Otherwise you might want to cut down on the peanut butter in the recipe until you taste it. Besides setting some aside, all you need to do is to combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and mix it together until everything gets smooth and creamy. The consistency should be closer to a sauce than to actual peanut butter, but it should still be reminiscent.
The other thing to keep in mind when you’re trying to dress up a turkey burger, is that the bun choice is important. Skip the classic white bread bun and go for something with some substance that is not only healthier but will actually do your body good. Think heartier, darker, whole grain buns to support your taste buds and all the delicious sauces and spreads you’ll now be topping off your turkey burger with.
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About Kate Ferguson Kate Fergus is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blogs and online magazines. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce.