I love experimenting with recipes, trying dishes I've never made before or combining cuisines. But sometimes, my son Quinn calls me out and requests, "something simple." This dish, was a response to one of those requests.
I have to admit, it wasn't that hard to convince me. I love a good burger. The problem with most of them is that they rely almost exclusively on fat for flavor. If you use lean ground beef or, as I did here, ground turkey, you run the risk of having a dry, flavorless burger. You can solve both problems by adding some flavorful spices and raw veggies to the meat. In this case, I chopped up a fresh poblano pepper, jalapeño and some red onion, as well as some of my All-Around Spice Rub.
The peppers and onion kept the burger moist and the combination with spices like paprika and ground cumin in the rub made it full of flavor. I topped it with some goats milk cheddar and vegetarian chili and served it on a whole-wheat kaiser role with some baked fries and fresh cantaloupe. The burger with chili (you'll need to add the information for your own cheese and buns) was only 230 calories with 10 grams of fat and 3 of fiber.
Southwest Chili Turkey Burger
Makes 4 servings
1 pound ground turkey
1 poblano pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons All-Around Spice Rub
1 cup vegetarian chili
4 slices cheddar cheese
4 whole wheat kaiser buns
Combine turkey, peppers, onion and spices and form into 4 patties. Over medium-high heat, grill patties about 5 minutes, turn, top with cheese and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes, until cooked through.