The Perfect (healthy) Burger

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The Perfect (healthy) Burger

Turkey burgers do not have the best reputation.  Every Christmas I try to love turkey, but there it is again, that dry, pappy breast meat.  Turkey is one of the less fatty meats, making it clean and lean, but often dry.  It’s best to use brown turkey meat for burgers as there’s more fat there.  I've also added tofu for extra moisture.  So they're dairy free and the tofu doesn’t affect the flavour - that’s all in the seasoning.

Best Ever Turkey Burgers!

Makes 4 large burgers of 150g each

400g brown turkey meat

100g blended tofu

A small handful of coriander

1 tbsp of chopped rosemary

1 tbsp chopped thyme

1/2 red onion

4 spring onions

2 tsp dijon

1 tsp smoked paprika

Generous amounts of salt and pepper

In your blender, mince the turkey and add all the other ingredients.  The mixture will be quite wet and I advise pattying it up and dropping them straight into the frying pan.  Fry them on medium temperature in coconut or rapeseed oil.  You want to get a lovely brown bit of colour but not burn them.  Because of their moisture, they are quite fragile.  Don’t move them around or flip them in the pan until they’re sealed.

For me the most important part of a turkey burger is to not overcook them, which most people overcautiously do.  Once they’ve got a nice bit of colour, put the frying pan in the oven at 180c.  If your burgers are 150g, they will take 10 minutes.  A meat probe is best here - I always look for 67c and rising.

Pickled red cabbage

Slice red cabbage really thinly on a mandolin or with a knife and marinate over night in 1 tbsp of caster sugar, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp water.

Avo mayo

Blend an avocado with some 1 tbsp of coconut oil, a juice of half a lime and some coriander.

Assembly

For your carb free burger, assemble between some lettuce leaves with a slice of griddled aubergine, a slice of beef tomato and / or sundried tomatoes, avocado mayo, pickled red cabbage and, because I can never resist cheese, some feta.

It’s a blinder!