Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Low Carb Turkey Burger

Serve 4  Prep:  10 mins  cook: 10 mins.


  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek, optional
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 (One 8-ounce can) water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Optional Garnishes:

  • 4 slices Cheddar
  • 4 seeded burger buns
  • 1/4 cup mayo mixed with 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 slices raw red onion
  • Butter lettuce

  • Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, soy sauce, sambal oelek, ginger, water chestnuts, cilantro and garlic. Add one-quarter to one-half cup water; this will help the burgers stay nice and moist. Using your hands, squish everything together until they are really well combined.
  2. Make and cook a little tester patty to be sure that the turkey is really well seasoned. Re-season if needed. If the burger is missing salt add more soy or just give  a little sprinkle dink of salt.
  3. When the burger mix is seasoned appropriately, form the mix into 4 equal size patties.
  4. Coat the saute pan with new olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat. Place the burgers in the pan. Be sure not to crowd the pan, if you need to work in batches go ahead! Cook the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
  5. Top each burger with tomato, onion and lettuce, and eat em' up!

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