Loaded Tailgater Hot-Blue Turkey Burgers

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Sandi Sheppard

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@SandiShep

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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 9 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make Loaded Tailgater Hot-Blue Turkey Burgers

Step-by-Step

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the dressing, hot sauce and celery seed. Mix in the cilantro and refrigerate until needed.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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About Loaded Tailgater Hot-Blue Turkey Burgers

Course/Dish: Turkey Burgers
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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