Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Ground turkey is a staple here at FLF HQ. I probably buy 2-3 pounds of it per week and like to keep a large Pyrex dish of browned ground turkey in the fridge - always ready to reheat and eat. 

I learned the technique of adding vegetables, cheese, and herbs to burgers from Dorie Greenspan. I first made her Café Salle Pleyel burger years ago when I bought her cookbook, "Around My French Table." It's a burger stuffed with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, cornichons, capers, and fresh herbs. It's like an inside-out burger: the toppings are IN the burger, not on it.

If you're in the market for a good gluten-free bun, we like Udi's! 

If you're in the market for a good gluten-free bun, we like Udi's! 

Fat Loss Foodies LOVE burgers: bison, grass-fed beef, turkey, salmon - you name it. Top it with goat cheese, fresh veggies, some good mayo or mustard and wrap it in leaf lettuce and you have an awesome high-protein dinner that satisfies your burger craving. (If it's a training day and you need more carbs, or you happen upon gluten-free buns that don't taste like a kitchen sponge, you can go that route, too.)

But here's the thing: if you're making a lean ground beef or turkey burger, it's really easy for it to turn out dry and flavorless. Solution: put the toppings IN the burger, Dorie-style.

These burgers are my Fat Loss Foodie-take on Dorie's French burger. Bon appetit. 

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground turkey 93/7 lean (*TIP: Do not get ground turkey breast. Too lean = dry burgers)

1/4 c. Trader Joe's Sweet & Hot Cherry Peppers, diced

1/4 c. crumbed feta cheese

handful of fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped

sea salt & pepper to taste

toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, mayo, mustard, or even our Paleo Summer Slaw

DIRECTIONS

1. About an hour before cooking, prepare burgers by combining all ingredients in a large bowl using clean hands. Lightly mix the ingredients in, but don't overwork or knead the meat. Shape into 4 equally-sized patties, about 1" thick. Place patties on a plate and cover with foil or saran wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

2. Heat a large, heavy skillet (I like cast iron) over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of avocado oil to the pan to keep your burgers from sticking. 

3. Cook burgers over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side for medium-done burgers. 

4. Serve protein-style wrapped in lettuce with your favorite toppings.