I’ve said it before, and i will say it again, Rachael Ray is a genius. You can never go wrong with her recipes. She releases a new burger recipe every month and I’m always eager to see what she has come up with.
Of course, some don’t fit within the clean eating parameters, but with a little tweaking, you can make it healthier and equally as delicious.
Her southwest turkey burger recipe is pretty good as is, but i changed it up a bit to make it 21-day fix approved and it turned out phenomenal.
Southwest Turkey Burgers
Yield: Makes 2 burgers
Fix Portions (per burger): 1½ red, 2 yellow (1 yellow if you eat open-faced, or 0 yellow if you go bunless!), ½ green, 1 blue
- ½ pound 93% lean ground turkey
- 4 slices turkey bacon
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- ½ green container onion, finely chopped
- ½ green container red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- Small handful cilantro or parsley leaves (finely chopped, about 2-3 tbsp when chopped)
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp tabasco or mexican hot sauce of choice (more or less to taste)
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp montreal steak seasoning (or to eliminate salt, combine ½ tsp each black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder)
- 2 slices pepper jack cheese
- 2 whole wheat hamburger buns
- Fresh lettuce and tomato slices (for topping)
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, garlic, onions, bell peppers, jalapeno, cilantro/parsley, tabasco, and seasonings
- Form 2 burger patties, pressing a thumb print in the center of each patty (it will rise when cooked, so this way you have a perfectly even patty. Set aside (burgers cook best when meat is at room temperature, so make you patties first and let them sit while you prep everything else)
- In a cast iron skillet, cook turkey bacon. Remove once cooked through
- Add a swirl of EVOO around the skillet, then add burger patties. Cook on both sides until cooked through (internal temp of 175)
- While still in skillet, top burger patties: Layer turkey bacon, then top with cheese. Cover with foil until cheese melts
- Remove from pan and add patties to bun. Top with lettuce and tomato, and spicy mustard, as desired.
- Use poblano peppers instead of bell peppers (or a combination of the two) for an added kick
- I recently discovered a Habenero Pepper Jack cheese that was amazing with these, as a spicy substitute to the standard pepper jack.