Salsa Turkey Burgers

I like to experiment with my diet, figuring out how my body reacts to not only different exercises, but different foods as well. Throughout the years, I’ve gone through phases of tracking calories and other nutrients. I noticed that I am constantly lacking in protein. Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate protein in almost all meals in my day. I try to pair my morning muffin/bar with yogurt, or I’ll throw a peanut butter spoon into my oatmeal. I’ve definitely noticed I stay satisfied for longer eating this way.

Dinner can be harder because I often don’t feel like cooking meat or fish but usually something like yogurt won’t satisfy me (and I don’t really like to do tofu or meat substitutes because of all of the processing). I’ve been adding beans to more meals and trying to up the protein in that way, but yesterday I was really craving a burger for some reason. It could have been that the sun finally broke through this cold, gray weather (I’m trying really hard to come to terms with NY’s lack of spring…it’s not working). I decided to keep it lean with ground turkey (although I’m not against beef and a big ol’ gloppy cheeseburger is actually my idea of heaven).

In life, I try to keep things simple. I’m no chef and I’m still finding my way in the kitchen. Plus, after work I don’t feel like making a fuss for a fancy meal but I don’t want to compromise flavor. These burgers are so simple and delicious and I paired them with some baked sweet potato “chips” that I made by slicing some sweet potatoes thinly and roasting under the broiler- under a watchful eye!

I added a big cup full of fresh salsa from Whole Foods to a pound of ground turkey and shmushed together with my hands. I also tossed in about ¼ cup of chopped onions and a dash of garlic powder for good measure. I formed 4 small-regular sized patties and made one Man Burger for Mikey. For his burger, I made two small patties and put Mexican blend cheese in the middle before cooking. It was quite the huge burger and sadly, he devoured it before I could get a picture of the cheese oozing out.

I opted to eat mine over a bed of baby spinach topped with grilled onions and guacamole on the side. Yumm!

Salsa Turkey Burgers:

1 lb ground turkey

about 1 cup of fresh salsa

1/4 cup diced onions (optional)

dash of garlic powder (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Heat pan ver medium heat. Form turkey mixture into balls and flatten into patties. Heat for a bout 6 minutes on each side.


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