Thursday, January 20

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight: Eat Turkey Burgers

healthy turkey burgers

It took me a long time to like turkey burgers. Really long. It wasn't until October 2009 that I finally found a turkey burger worth eating. I haven't been able to stop eating them since.

Turkey will never be a replacement for beef, but when you're looking to lose weight, it's a delicious low-cal alternative. In fact, you can save about 150 calories by swapping turkey for beef.

Ground turkey, especially fat-free, can be dry, so adding chopped veggies and herbs will add both moisture and flavor. That's why today's Healthy Apple and Sage Turkey Burgers made with rolled oats, shallots, apples, celery and sage, are so good. Low in fat and high in protein and fiber, these turkey burgers will make keeping your New Year's resolution to lose weight a breeze.

And since a burger cannot be eaten without fries, don't forget the sweet potato fries, baked, of course.

Healthy Apple and Sage Turkey Burgers

Makes 6 burgers

1 1/2 pounds ground fat-free or 95% fat free turkey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup rolled oats, or as much as needed
2 sage leaves, finely chopped, about 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced, about 3 tablespoons
1/2 medium apple of your choice, finely chopped, about 1/3 cup
1 celery stalk, finely chopped, about 1/3 cup
6 rolls of your choice, such as whole wheat or multi-grain 

Optional Toppings: 
For each burger add:
1 slice reduced fat Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon reduced fat or soy mayo
1 teaspoon spicy mustard
2-3 lettuce leaves 
A few carrot sticks for good crunch

1. Place turkey in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add oats and chopped sage and mix well.

2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, warm 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add shallot, apple, and celery, and saute 3 minutes until just softened. Add to the turkey mixture and mix until well combined. Using your hands, form 6 equal sized patties. 

3. Cooking methods: 
Grill: To grill burgers, lightly oil grill racks and preheat to medium-high. Cook burgers 3-4 minutes without touching. Flip once and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until evenly charred and cooked through. 
Stovetop: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Avoiding overcrowding the burgers. Cook burgers for 4-5 minutes without touching. Flip once and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until evenly browned and cooked through. 
Oven: Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and cook for 30-35 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink inside.

Don't forget to check out these posts from earlier in the week: 
How To Keep Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight: Eat Breakfast
How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight: Eat Soup

Here are more turkey burger recipes you might enjoy:
Herbed Turkey Burger recipe from Simply Recipes
Pesto Turkey Burgers recipe from Stylish Cuisine
Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers recipe from Green Lite Bites
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen


Kalyn said...

Love the idea of adding sage and apple for more flavor and moistness in the turkey burgers!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

It took me a long time to like turkey burgers, too. My trick is to put a bit of Greek yogurt into the mix. It adds moisture, and I use the 0% fat so it doesn't add fat. I love to make them on the grill.

Joanne said...

I found that the key to me liking turkey burgers was to accept that they would never be beef burgers. But what I love about them is that you can add all sorts of flavors to them and really manipulate them in ways that beef can't handle! These sound delicious!

Susie Bee on Maui said...

HThat burger looks good! Great ideas for keeping them moist.

Jennifurla said...

This sounds super good, with shallot I am in love.

Liz the Chef said...

Sometimes I stuff mine with low-fat cheese to keep them moist...

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

Oh, I LOVE turkey burgers! Thanks for reminding me of this awesome low-cal option. Bikini season will be here before we know it! Also... that picture is making me drool.

Joshua Burgin - "Just Eat!" said...

Whenever I was losing my 137 lbs, I gave up red meat completely. I discovered the wonderful world of ground turkey, especially turkey burgers! This sounds like a really great recipe. I will have to try it out soon!

Betty Ann said...

Susan, this is a terrific turkey burger recipe. I will definitely try it. I also loved last week's post on "soup" and weight loss. Keep giving us more of these! Thanks for sharing.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This looks mouth watering. I wasn't a fan of turkey burgers either, until I discovered mixing veggies into the meat. Yum.

Tim Vidra said...

That is a beautiful burger. I also posted recently with one stuff with brie cheese and topped with sliced grilled granny smith apples. Yum!


Healthy Mamma said...

That's funny, I know most people prefer 'hamburgers' as opposed to turkey burgers, but I've always loved turkey burgers. This one looks absolutely spectacular.
I just wanted to share some info w you according to 'Self Nutrition Data'. Ground turkey isn't always leaner or healthier than beef:
1 ounce of ground turkey has 2g of fat compared to 95% lean ground beef’s 1g. Both have 1g of saturated fat. Ground beef is lower in cholesterol (17mg compared to turkey’s 22mg), and higher in protein (6g compared to turkey’s 5g).

Now, ground turkey breast is a different story. It has less than 1g of fat, less than 1g of saturated fat, less than 15mg cholesterol, and more than 6g of protein.

Patsyk said...

Now that sounds like a moist and extra healthy turkey burger!

The Food Hunter said...

I am now craving a burger..turkey of course. I love all of the things you put into this burger...great idea to make it more tasty.

Cara said...

I've added all kinds of yummy things to my turkey burgers: pesto, peanut butter, feta and mint, but never apple! I am totally missing out, that's for sure.

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

I bet this tastes so good with the apple and sage..I will have to give it a try!

Holly Keegan said...

I have to agree. Turkey burgers always seem just a little... bland. I love the addition of apple. Have you found a GF bun that you like? This is where I'm struggling.

Alisa said...

Turkey burgers or mushroom burgers are both great alternatives for the fastfood burgers we know.This looks like a delicious recipe.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Since my hsuband won't eat beef but loves burgers, turkey burgers are a way of life in the disOrdered kitchen. I find them rather dry and lacking in flavor, so I am always trying out new combinations to make them taste better. Chopped sauteed mushrooms and onions are good, as are chopped sauteed onions and a little chipotle powder (topping burger with guacamole). I like youre sausage-like take on it. I definitely will try!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kalyn-It really does.

lydia-Greek yogurt is a great idea!

joanne-Ha! That's so true.


jennifurla-I love shallots in anything!

liz-Oh, tasty idea!

joshua-Congrats on the amazing weight loss! That's fabulous!

bettyann-Will do. Thanks for letting me know!

tastyeats-I love my veggies too.

tim-Brie and Granny Smiths? Bring it on!

healthmama-Thanks for taking the time to share that important information with us. I usually buy 99% fat free white turkey meat, but you make a great point. Thanks!

patsy-It is!

foodhunter-Thanks a lot!

cara-Ooh, pesto. I've got to try that too!

lisa-I hope you do!

holly-No, I haven't found any yet. I usually eat them sans bread or put them in a GF wrap. Boo.

georgia-Bikini season? Ack!

alisa-Love shroom burgers too!

sdoc-Anything with chipotle powder and guac has to be good! Thanks for the delicious ideas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
I made these turkey burgers last night for my husband who supposedly hates them. He ate two! I can't thank you enough!

Marcia at Twenty by Sixty said...

It took me years to discover the secret of adding in something for more flavor and moisture... and wow, what a difference! Now I'm addicted. But the addition of apples, now THAT'S clever. I'll definitely give it a try-- thanks for the inspiration, Susan!