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Making yourself a batch of Turkey Burgers every week is an easy way to meal prep, save time, and eat healthy. Turkey Burgers are very versatile; they don’t just have to be eaten as a traditional burger on a bun. In fact, I would advise to avoid the bun altogether – it’s simply not needed. For a simple, delicious meal, try a turkey patty on a bed of salad with some tomatoes, avocado, bell peppers and goat cheese. Or, when I am meal prepping, I prefer one with cooked quinoa and a small salad or veggies.
Meal prepping is an easy and simple way to stay within your healthy lifestyle. It forces your to plan and prepare your meals ahead of time so that you have a meal ready to eat whenever you need it. This allows you to avoid making a quick, unhealthy dinner just to save you time… or forcing you to buy lunch or dinner take-out, making you spend unnecessary money.
If you cook all of your burgers in one day, then you have protein ready for meals throughout your entire week. When you come back from work or campus starving, you can make an effortless, healthy and satisfying dinner. All you have to do is assemble and ‘tada’ – you have a nutritious meal ready in a matter of minutes! But first, you must make the burgers, and for that, check out the recipe below:
Turkey Burger Recipe
1½ lbs. (roughly) of ground turkey
1 egg (uncooked)
juice of ½ a lemon
2 Tbsp. onion, finely chopped
1/3 of an apple, grated
¾ tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. gluten-free bread crumbs (optional)
1 tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. cracked pepper
2.5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
Need dessert ideas? Try this homemade Dark Chocolate Covered Banana and Peanut Butter Protein Bar recipe.
Place your ground turkey into a large mixing bowl. Crack the egg into the bowl. Then, slice your lemon in half and squeeze one full side of the lemon’s juice into the bowl. Add the onion. Next, peel an apple and cut it into thirds. With a cheese grater, fully grate 1/3 of the apple into the mixing bowl. Next, add the minced garlic, gluten-free breadcrumbs, salt and pepper into the bowl. At this point, all of your ingredients should be in the bowl, so it is now time to start mixing them all together with your hands. Once the ingredients are mixed around evenly in the bowl, start to create around 7 balls of raw turkey meat (pictured).
Now, on medium to high heat, coat a large pan with 2 ½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Let the pan heat for around 30 seconds and then add around 4 balls to the pan. These will all cook at the same time. If your pan is smaller, feel free to cook them one at time, but you might need to coat your pan with less extra virgin olive oil. As the patties are cooking, keep them in ball shape, until the sides start to mildly brown. Once they start to brown, flatten the balls with a spatula. Let the burgers cook for about 6 minutes, and then flip them. They should cook on the other side for about 5 to 6 minutes. You can then cook the rest of your burgers doing this same procedure. You might need to add more extra virgin olive oil to the pan between each set of 4 burgers, to make sure they don’t stick.