Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chili Lime Turkey Burger (with Ginger Lime Goat Cheese)

   We love turkey burgers in our house.  I make them a couple times a month.  They are so easy and healthy, but feel like an absolute indulgence!  A couple months ago, I saw 90/10 ground turkey.  This is mostly white meat, but has some dark meat mixed in to give it more flavor and moisture.  If you can find this, use it!  It is delicious and stays moist.  You end up with meat that has roughly 7 g fat per serving (pretty awesome) and very, very little cholesterol.   If you can't find it, no worries.  We use quite a bit of ground turkey, so I just buy one package ground white meat (97/3) and one package dark (85/15).  I mix them together to get a half and half mixture... basically creating my own (roughly) 90/10.

   I've included a little bonus recipe, ginger lime goat cheese.  It is so yummy and creamy.  The lime really compliments the natural tanginess of the goat cheese.  And the ginger adds a lovely freshness and fruity spice.  This was just whipped up spur of the moment, but I am definitely going to experiment more with this flavor profile!
Chili Lime Turkey Burgers
1/2 lb white meat ground turkey
1/2 lb dark meat ground turkey
1 recipe chili lime seasoning (see yesterday's post)
1/4 C chopped cilantro
1/2 lime juiced
1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
extra virgin olive oil
thinly sliced red onion
4 buns
Ginger Lime Goat Cheese
4 oz room temp goat cheese
zest of 1/4 lime
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tsp grated ginger
Mash ingredients together; bring to room temp before serving so it spreads easily.  Serves 4

   Combine turkey, cilantro, lime juice, and spice mix.  Cook a tiny patty to test seasoning.  Add salt and more pepper, if needed.  Shape into 4 patties that are slightly larger than the buns you intend to use.  Heat a little evoo in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Cook patties for about 6 minutes per side.  (You could also grill these.)
   Toast buns.  Spread a little bit of mayo on one side of the bun and the goat cheese on the other.  Top burgers with whatever you like.  I think lettuce and red onion are the only thing needed for this particular burger.
   Serves 4  (Cumin Spiced Steak Fries are a great side.... stay tuned.  Recipe tomorrow!)

1 comment:

  1. I mix little chunks of cheese right into the meat and it is wonderful. Sometimes I use blue cheese and make a black and blue burger and last week I put chunks of mozzerella and basil in them... so good!


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