MealsOctober-November 2013

Turkey Burgers with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce


Turkey Burger with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce

Photos by Matthew Kadey

Turkey Burger with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce

If you don’t want to cook up a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, this dressed-up turkey burger won’t disappoint. The smoky chipotle sauce adds a wonderful counterpoint to the sweet raspberry jam. Pickled cucumbers help tone down any lingering heat from the chipotles. Try to purchase ground turkey breast rather than ground turkey—the former is made only with white meat, making it much lower in calories and fat.

Pickled Cucumbers
½ English cucumber, thinly sliced
½ cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt, divided

Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce

⅓ cup raspberry jam
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced, divided
1 teaspoon gluten-free minced chipotle chili, canned in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
½ teaspoon lemon zest
-Juice of ½ lemon
1 pound lean ground turkey breast
8 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
⅓ cup gluten-free barbecue sauce
¾ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon black pepper\
-Oil, for pan
4 gluten-free buns, optional

1. To make pickled cucumbers, combine cucumber slices, rice vinegar, sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2. To make raspberry-chipotle sauce, stir together raspberry jam, shallot, 1 garlic clove, chipotle chile, thyme, lemon zest and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. If mixture thickens too much, stir in some additional jam. Cover and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, gently mix together turkey breast, spinach, barbecue sauce, remaining garlic, cumin, remaining salt and black pepper. Form into 4 equal-size patties.

4. Lightly coat a skillet with oil and heat over medium heat. Place patties in the pan. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Then flip and cook 5 more minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.

5. Serve burgers on buns (if using), topped with pickled cucumbers and raspberry-chipotle sauce.

Each burger contains 280 calories, 2g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 55mg cholesterol, 821mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 29g protein, 22 Est GL.

Burger TIP Use a kitchen scale to make sure each burger is of equal weight so they cook in the same amount of time. Ideally, patties should be no more than 1-inch thick.

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