Loaded Tailgater Hot-Blue Turkey Burgers

Recipe Rating:
 9 Ratings
Serves: 6
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


1.2 lb ground turkey
2 Tbsp jerk seasoning
2 clove garlic, minced
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
10 oz can diced tomatoes & green chilies
3 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin, divided
1 large sweet red bell pepper, cut into strips and halved
1 medium sweet yellow onion, halved and sliced
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 pinch kosher salt
1 1/2 c low fat blue cheese dressing (i used wishbone)
2 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp celery seed
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
3 large pita rounds, cut in half
6 celery stalks, cleaned & cut in half
1/2 bag baby carrots, cleaned

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Sandi Sheppard Recipe
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Norman, OK (pop. 110,925)
Member Since Jan 2011
Sandi's notes for this recipe:
This recipe was a big hit with my family, so I hesitated to tell them just how healthy it actually was!!! This was my attempt to offer tailgate-type food that offers big, bold and spicy flavors comparable to calorie-laden hot wings, and it's a very economical meal too!
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Healthy AND delicious! This burger isn't as solid as a traditional burger, so using a pita to hold it all together is a great idea. The dip really makes the dish. Serve it with the burger... then make some more to dip veggies in!


Drain tomatoes over a small bowl and reserve the drained liquid and place tomatoes into a medium-sized bowl. Rinse and drain black beans, mash and place into bowl with tomatoes. Add the ground turkey and jerk seasoning and mix gently but thoroughly with hands, cover and set aside.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high and add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. When hot, add the pepper and onion strips, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of kosher salt. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put into the bowl with reserved tomato liquid.
In a small bowl, mix the dressing, hot sauce and celery seed. Mix in the cilantro and refrigerate until needed.
Divide meat into 6 equal portions and shape each portion into an oblong patty and place on waxed paper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the non-stick skillet over medium-high and when hot, add 3 patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining 3 patties.
To assemble, cut fresh Pita rounds in half and put one patty in each. Using tongs, put equal amounts of onion mix over the patties and spoon the Hot-Blue sauce into the Pitas.

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user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Jan 19, 2011
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user Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Jan 22, 2011
tongue tantalizing flavors...holy smoley!!! congrats on the ribbon Sandi!!!
user Sandi Sheppard SandiShep - Jan 25, 2011
Thanks Wendy! This is always a hit at get-togethers, and so easy to make!
user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Feb 1, 2011
Congrats on your yummy creation!
user Gail Herbest Gaillee - Feb 1, 2011
already in my save box, this sounds really yummy, thanks for sharing and congrats on the Blue Ribbon

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