Monday, May 9, 2011

Tremendous Top-Shelf Turkey Burger

Per Serving (entire recipe): 5 Points+
184 calories, 6.5g fat, 502mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 4g sugars, 20.5g protein

The recipe: "Hungry Girl 1-2-3", page 14

I'm always a little skeptical of making something that I feel as though I could just as easily buy pre-made in the freezer aisle of the grocery store.  Sometimes, the effort isn't worth it, especially if there are lower point alternatives out there that I already like.  But, this recipe was pretty simple and I had all of the ingredients at home already, so I figured I should try it.

One of the comments in the recipe is that you should flip the patties carefully, since they are a little flimsy (probably due to all the veggies in them).  I decided to prevent them from falling apart, I would use my George Foreman grill.  I multiplied this recipe by four, so I could make four burgers - one for me, one for my son, and two for my husband (assuming he liked it).  I cooked them for 6 minutes on my George Foreman, and they came out perfectly cooked - no flipping necessary.  When I removed them from the grill, they did seem a little delicate, but not as bad as I was expecting. 

One thing I noticed immediately was the size of the patties.  They were nice and large, as the description from HG had stated.  Normally, the burgers I make from scratch end up being quite small, especially after the shrinkage that occurs from cooking them, but these were actually a decent size.  They were the same size as the sandwich thin I ate mine with, rather than being smaller than the bun and having excess bread around the edges like I usually end up with.

I tried a bite of my patty sans toppings, and it tasted really great!  Kind of like a turkey meatloaf in patty form.  I knew right away that my family would like these burgers.  I ate mine on a Sandwich Thin bun with Laughing Cow cheese, BBQ sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles.  Yum!  My husband and my son both enjoyed theirs, so I would definitely consider this dinner a success.  With a salad or low-point side dish it is the perfect sized meal.

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