7/20/15

Jalapeno Date Turkey Burgers {Low Carb Skinny Burgers}



These lean and healthy turkey burgers (aka "Skinny Burgers") are the perfect blend of heat and sweet! Fresh ingredients like raw jalapeño and dates up your turkey game, while the addition of healthy fats like coconut oil, help to keep the lean ground turkey from drying out on the grill.

These patties can be prepped in advance and stored covered in the fridge overnight, making them easy to pop on the grill for a weeknight meal or anytime. Your taste buds (and waistline) will thank you. Give 'em a whirl and let me know what you think.

Jalapeno Date Turkey Burgers
makes 4 patties
heat grill to medium high

1 lb. lean ground turkey breast
1 large raw jalapeño with seeds - small dice 3/4 of the jalapeño, reserve 1/4 to slice thin for garnish
2 raw dates, pitted and diced small
3-4 raw green onions, chopped small (whites and greens)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp *coconut oil (or olive oil), *liquid or melted coconut oil (use refined coconut oil for no coconut taste/aroma, see note below about liquid vs. melted coconut oil)
4 slices pepper jack cheese (optional)

Ingredients ready to mix in with the ground turkey breast

Mix all ingredients (except the reserved 1/4 of jalapeño) together in a bowl and form into 4 equal patties.

*Note: Liquid vs. Melted Coconut Oil - I used liquid coconut oil, which doesn't harden. You may also use melted coconut oil, but it may take a little more effort to get it evenly distributed with the cold ground turkey, since the temperature of the meat will make the melted oil start to solidify again. To help, you may mix all of the ingredients, except the turkey, first so the oil adheres to the little veggie and date bits, then mix that into your ground turkey for more even distribution.

Turkey burgers read for the grill!

Grill patties on medium high grill approximately 3-4 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. Be careful not to overcook.

I served these topped with melted pepper jack cheese (optional) garnished with a fresh, thinly sliced jalapeño atop a bed of fresh raw spinach with raw carrot chips and charred brussels sprouts (check out the recipe for the brussels here) for a healthy, low carb meal. They would be awesome on a soft bun with some yummy mayo, too!!

Yum!
Serving Suggestion:

How about an ice cold Omission (gluten free) Beer to go with that awesome meal?
Gluten Free Omission Beers (photo credit: www.OmissionBeer.com)


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