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Recipe: Asian Turkey Burgers with Avocado Tahini Dressing

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It was MY idea! Don’t let my husband fool you in to thinking it was his idea.  He simply said “let’s make turkey burgers”.  I was the one who came up with ALL the ingredients and therefore I am the creator of this masterpiece, and the ruler of all!

Just setting the record straight.

But that is the beauty of burgers! You can take a plain ‘ol hunk of meat and add a variety of delicious ingredients and prepare a delicious, juicy burger bursting with wonderful flavors for your taste buds to enjoy.  I was tossing up between an asian style or mexican style burger and I decided to go with my first instinct, especially since I had some cilantro and ginger hanging around.  mmmm mmm!

(apologies for lack of photos)

Asian Style Turkey Burgers

1 pound of ground lean turkey meat

1 tablespoon of ground ginger, fresh

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

2 teaspoons of fish sauce

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

juice of 1/2 a lime

dash of salt and pepper

Avocado Tahini Dressing (whats tahini? read at the bottom)

1/2 avocado, chopped

1 tablespoon of tahini

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro

1/4 inch of fresh ginger, cut into a few smaller pieces

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

juice of 1/2 a lime

1 tablespoon of olive oil

3 tablespoons of water, or until you reach desired consistency.  It shouldnt take a lot of water, so start with 3 tablespoons first.

1.  Add turkey meat, ginger, cilantro, chives, finely chopped jalapeno, salt, pepper, soy sauce and fish sauce to a large bowl and mix it all up.  You can use a fork to kinda fluff it all up- as along as it is all mixed nicely.  Divide the meat into four quarters and form each quarter into a round, plump burger.  

2.  Take a large fry pan and set the heat to medium to high setting, add desired cooking oil (I used coconut oil), let it heat up and then add your turkey burgers.  Each side should take about 6-7 minutes.  I highly recommend using a meat thermometer to determine if the burgers are cooked through.  (take burgers off from pan onto plate, stick meat thermometer in center of burger and allow it to reach 165 degrees F).

3.  While the turkey burgers are cooking (and your mouth is salivating :)), make the dressing.  I used this itty bitty food processor that is just the cutest thing ever, but do not let it fool you! It is very powerful… and loud! It scared the bejeezus out of me the first time I used it.  Anyways, enough about my mini food processor’s Napoleon complex, take all the ingredients listed for the dressing, add it to the food processor and blend until you reach desired consistency.

4.  prepare a delicious salad and use choice of salad dressing OR if you made enough avocado tahini dressing you can use it as the salad dressing as well!.  You can eat the burgers with choice of bread/burger buns or have it sans carbs and lay it on top of the salad.  Add a dollop of the avocado tahini dressing on top of the burger and enjoy.

IMG_1580I’m not tooting my own horn here (I’m TOTALLY tooting my own horn here!!) but these burgers were amazing!!! I felt like a genius.  The expression on my husband’s face did indeed confirm the party that just happened in my mouth.   They are so so tasty and I highly recommend you give this recipe a whirl soon.

Helpful hint:

I highly recommend the tahini in the dressing.  The sesame seed flavor really compliments the whole meal.

What’s tahini?

Tahini is sesame seed paste.  Before you go wrinkle your nose in disgust, realize that if you like hummus, you will like anything with tahini because hummus’s main ingredient is tahini.  It is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fats, so all the more reason to include it in your diet.

What are some of your favorite burger recipes? please share! (just make sure its copyrighted so my husband doesn’t try to go and steal it hee hee).

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