Thursday, August 4, 2011

Down Home Turkey Burgers

Want a great way to show someone you love them?  Make them eat dark leafy greens, but make them taste so good that they won't even complain.  Serve these burgers with sweet potato fries, and they'll be so busy munching and saying "yum" that they'll hardly notice that this meal is as healthy as it is! 

Down Home Turkey Burgers

Pickapeppa sauce, if you've never used it before, is a Jamaican-style barbeque sauce that my dad loves.  When I was growing up, he would pour a bunch of Pickapeppa over a chunk of cream cheese, and we would eat it with crackers.  It's delicious.  Grab a bottle (you can find it at most grocery stores) and try it that way, or in these burgers.

4 slices smoky bacon
1 bunch fresh dark greens (collards or turnips)
1/4 cup chopped onions
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
1/2 red pepper, minced
3-4 tablespoons your favorite barbeque sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy.  Remove to a paper-towel lined plate, cool, and then chop into pieces.  While the bacon is cooking, rinse the greens, remove the tough stems, and slice into 1/2-inch ribbons.  Drain all but two tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan, and add the greens.  Add about 1/2 cup of water, stir, cover and steam for about 3-5 minutes.  Check the greens, add the onions and more water if the pan looks dry and the greens are starting to scorch.  Cook for about 15 minutes total, adding water and stirring until the greens are dark and thoroughly wilted.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Remove and let cool for a few minutes, then chop into smaller pieces.

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, barbeque sauce, bacon, chopped sauteed greens, red pepper, and lots of black pepper and salt to taste.  Shape into four patties, and cook in a skillet or on a grill over medium heat, about 4-5 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through.  Serve on soft whole wheat buns with pickle, onion and mustard.


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  3. Yum yum yum!

    The ground turkey is thawing, and I'm on my way to the store for greens and pickapeppa!

    Thank you!