Friday recipe: Italian turkey burgers

April 9, 2010 —

It’s officially grilling season in our house. My husband jokes that he could eat grilled hamburgers or hot dogs every day and sometimes I don’t think he’s kidding. But we’re both trying to eat healthier, so I cook with turkey instead of hamburger whenever possible. These turkey burgers from Weight Watchers look delicious!

Limiting red meat is one way to eat healthier, but I also know buns pack on calories. Do you have a favorite reduced-calorie bun?

Italian Turkey Burgers
1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 pound lean ground turkey
1/3 cup onions, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
4 sprays olive oil cooking spray
2 small tomatoes, ripe, yellow and/or red, thinly sliced
1 cup basil, fresh, leaves, torn or thinly shredded
4 reduced-calorie hamburger rolls

Directions

  • Coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, onion, garlic, fennel seed, salt and pepper; form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Coat burgers and inside of rolls with cooking spray.
  • Grill burgers for 5 minutes; flip burgers and add rolls to grill. Grill open-face rolls until lightly charred, about 1 to 2 minutes; remove to serving plates. Grill burgers until cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
  • To serve, top grilled rolls with tomato slices and burgers; garnish with basil.

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