Trying to get my dad to eat healthier, I made turkey burgers the other day. To my surprise, they turned out absolutely delicious! (It was my first time making them...) So here's the recipe. And perhaps these tasty burgers will convince you that it's time to make the change towards healthier "junk food."
1 lb of ground turkey
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 clove of garlic, finely minced (if you have a garlic press, that would be best)
6 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp of red hot chili flakes
4 slices of mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 package of pitettes (smaller sized pita bread)
2 tbs of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of sour cream (you can substitute in Greek yogurt if it's available)
1 small seedless cucumber, pureed
1 plum tomato, thinly sliced
Serving Size: 4 people
Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
In a small skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbs of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the bell peppers. Saute until the peppers are tender. Then add the onions and garlic. Continue to cook the veggies until the peppers and onions are caramelized. Set the mixture aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, 2 tbs of olive oil, and red hot chili flakes. Mix slightly. (Do not overwork the meat!) Once the veggies have cooled, add them to the meat and mix all the ingredients together. Score the meat so that you get four relatively even mounds. Form the patties. (They can be as thin or as thick as you want, just make sure that they fit on the pita.) Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a pan over medium high heat and add the remainder of the olive oil. When the pan is nice and hot, add the patties. It should take about 5-6 minutes per side. Right before they come out of the pan, top each patty with a slice of cheese and cover the pan until cheese is melted. For the condiment, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream (or yogurt), and cucumber puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To assemble the burger, toast the pitettes lightly. Then smear the mayonnaise mixture on each pitette. Place the burger on one of the pitettes and add a sliced tomato on top. Finally, top with the other pitette and bon appetit!