Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Clean Eating Burgers: Avocado & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers


So the theme for last week was "live like it's freaking spring even though Mother Nature is refusing to cooperate". So we had a classic spring/summer bbq meal (burgers) gone clean. These were awesome because 1) the toppings were INSIDE aka nothing can fall off the burger when you go in for that first bite- really why didn't a messy eater like myself start doing this years ago? 2) It tasted like summer; 3) It had avocado; 4) It's clean (clean like clean eating and also clean like no mess because the toppings are inside). Sidenote: things "grilled" on the stovetop taste like summer to us because our awesome apartment complex closes the grilling area at like 5 pm- really who is even home by 5 pm to use the grill?? And why can't we have alcohol at the pool?

K anyway here it is, enjoy- and I'd love some ideas of what else to cook INSIDE of my burgers- let me know how you do stuffed burgers!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey, thawed ($3.99)
  • 1 egg ($.10)
  • 1/3 cup oats 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ($1.00)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced ($.50)
  • 1/4 large onion, minced ($.25)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (we love garlic)
In a large bowl, mix your raw turkey with the minced garlic, oats, egg, crushed red pepper, ground cumin, and garlic powder (I used my hands for this- oddly liberating).

Using 2/3 of the raw seasoned turkey, form little turkey bowls and set on a plate. Evenly sprinkle the shredded cheese, avocado and onion on top of each "bowl". Make sure the avocado/mozzarella/onion are not on the edges of the patties so nothing oozes out in the cooking (can never be too careful with this stuff).

Using the other 1/3 of the turkey, form "lids" for your bowls and pinch the two sections (lid and bowl) of turkey together around the edges. DO NOT FORGET TO PINCH IT TOGETHER- again, you risk serious leakage during the cooking if you don't pinch it.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Put the burgers into the frying pan and flatten out as much as possible using a spatula (without letting anything ooze out of the edges of course). Cook over medium-high heat for about 7-10 minutes or until edges start browning. Flip the burgers and let them finish cooking for about 10 minutes- or until there is NO pink left anywhere on the patties.

Serve with Udi's Rolls (click the link for a $1 coupon too), or over lettuce, sauteed onions,  tomatoes...the possibilities are endless! I think next time I'm going to add jalapenos to the stuffing too?

What do YOU like on your burgers? I want more ideas for Clean (as in clean eating and clean to eat aka no mess) stuffings for my turkey burgers!






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15 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! I love avocado and turkery burgers so putting them together is a gem of a recipe if you ask me. Thanks for sharing this recipe! :) I hope to see another recipe from you tomorrow !

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  2. You know, I've made stuffed chicken breasts before, but never done stuffed burgers. The combo of mozzarella and avocado sounds SO good!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! We hope you'll join us again this week and share another tasty recipe!

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    1. Oooh I need to think of more stuffed chicken ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. We do all sorts of things in them! JalapeƱos, grilled onions, bacon, feta, sundries tomatoes...

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  5. These look lovely, do you think they will freeze well? I live on my own so like things I can make in a batch and freeze.

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  6. I had the same question about freezing/leftovers. Does the avocado get brown and yucky if you don't eat the burgers right away? I'm thinking about making them for dinner and then taking leftovers for lunch the next day. Any suggestions?

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    1. I'm not sure how the avocado would do, I'm interested to hear if you tried it!

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  7. So happy I found this recipe! They were quick and delicious. I didn't use oats since I only had steel cut and wasn't sure how that would taste but they were still great!

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