Merry Monday to all of my foodie friends. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was my birthday Saturday and I had a wonderful time hanging out with friends Friday night and then cuddling by the fire with my sweetie Saturday night. I tried a new drink recipe this weekend too. Keep an eye out for the post.
I have been wanting to make a healthy burger with some kick so I decided this was the weekend to do it. It has been nice enough to be outside and I wanted to enjoy as much of that weather as possible. What better way to enjoy great weather than to BBQ.
I always want to show that healthier food doesn't have to be boring or bland. Since we like things spicy in our house I knew I wanted to give this burger idea a try. We all agreed it was a hit. You can spice it up more, if you like, by adding another jalapeno and maybe a bit more chili seasoning.
We added some baked steak fries as a side to the burgers. But you can do a nice salad with a spicy vinaigrette dressing. Friday night I discovered a local business called The Purdy Pickle Company. They have a spicy vinegar and also pickled beets. Later in the week I will include some recipes using these great ingredients.
Now on to the burger......
1/2 cup low fat or fat free mayo
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder, separated
A couple dashes hot sauce (Recommended Franks Red Hot)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/3 pounds (1 package) ground turkey
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup grated white onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and pepper.
4 slices reduced fat pepperjack cheese
4 outdoor rolls or burger buns
Lettuce and tomato (optional)
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
In a small bowl mix mayo and 1 teaspoon chili powder and a couple of dashes of hot sauce (more if desired). Set aside.
In a large bowl mix together the ground turkey, jalapeno, grated onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Be careful not to over mix as this can cause the meat to get tight and dry. Divide into four portion and make patties.
Lightly oil the grill surface and place the patties on the grill. Cook for about 5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the burgers. Flip half way through cooking and place the pepperjack cheese on the burgers for the last couple minutes of cooking. Remove from the grill.
Spread the buns with the mayo mixture, place burgers on bun bottoms and top with lettuce and tomatoes if wanted. Place bun top on burgers and enjoy.