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Turkey-Veggie Burgers

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Mixing vegetables into ground meat is a great way to pack in extra nutrition. I made these tonight with some leftover vegetables. Once you try this recipe, you can use other veggies like zucchini, peppers and mushrooms. Playing with different fresh herbs is another way to change the flavor. I was surprised how much the Tiny Tasters enjoyed their burgers tonight. Not a speck was left on their plates!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
1 onion (1 small onion or half a large onion)
onion
1
1 small onion or half a large onion
1 clove garlic
garlic
1
clove
1 carrot
carrot
1
1 cup baby spinach
baby spinach
1
cup
1 tablespoon herbs, chopped (can use any fresh herbs like thyme, parsley, basil, oregano)
herbs
1
tablespoon
chopped
can use any fresh herbs like thyme, parsley, basil, oregano
1¼ pound turkey, lean ground
turkey, lean ground
pound
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil
1
tablespoon
¾ teaspoon salt
salt
¾
teaspoon
¼ teaspoon black pepper
black pepper
¼
teaspoon
½ eggs, beaten
eggs
½
beaten
1 tablespoon flax meal
flax meal
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon wheat germ
wheat germ
1
tablespoon
1 tablespoon bread crumbs (for wheat free, gluten-free recipe, can substitute 2 tablespoons of ground rice cereal for wheat germ and breadcrumbs)
bread crumbs
1
tablespoon
for wheat free, gluten-free recipe, can substitute 2 tablespoons of ground rice cereal for wheat germ and breadcrumbs

Method

Pulse onion, garlic, carrot, and spinach and herbs in a food processor until fine (a mini food processor works great for this job). Heat olive oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add ground vegetable mixture and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly. In a large bowl add mixture to turkey and remaining ingredients and combine. Form into patties. If patties seem too wet, add additional breadcrumbs. Grill on a well oiled grill (or foil that has been sprayed) over a medium flame about 7 minutes on each side. Make sure inside is well cooked. Serve on a bun, wrap, pita or on on top of a salad with your favorite condiments.

Babyfood Option:

Ground meat can make a great way to introduce meat to a new eater and the soft veggies add some more taste and nutrition, too. For babies that are trying finger foods, break off some small pieces of a burger for baby to try.

Prep time
12 min
Cook time
15 min
Cost per serving:
$1.75
Yields/Serves:
6 servings

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum. It tastes just like any hamburger. I would take that over fast food any day!” —Thomas, age 14
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! It takes just like a hamburger!” —Zane, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum!” —Asa, age 4