6/24/2013 | By Seniors Guide Staff

From Food Network

Here is a turkey burger recipe that will make those summer cookouts standout from the rest! This turkey burger recipe is a healthy alternative to the typical red meat hamburger.

Turkey burgers take summertime grilling to a new level. It allows the health conscious aging adult a healthy option that is low in calories and just overall better for you. Turkey is a much lighter and leaner meat than hamburger and it is much lower in cholesterol too. So make sure to try something new and make turkey burgers a regular choice when grilling out.

Turkey Burger Recipe

Serves 4

Meyer Lemon-Honey Mustard:

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 heaping tablespoon clover honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Meyer lemon juice, from Meyer lemons, if possible
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Burger Patties:

  • 1 1/2 pounds 90-percent lean, freshly ground turkey (not all white meat), chilled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices goat cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns, split and lightly grilled
  • Watercress, for serving


Cook’s Note: If you are unable to find Meyer lemons, mix 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.

For the Meyer lemon-honey mustard: Whisk together in a small bowl the mustard, honey, orange juice, lemon zest, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

For the burgers: Preheat the grill to high. Form the meat into four 6-ounce burgers. If you are not going to cook right away, keep the burgers cold in the refrigerator. Sprinkle the burgers on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. During the last minutes of cooking, add 2 slices of cheese to each burger, cover the grill and let the cheese soften slightly, about 1 minute. Put the burgers on the buns, drizzle with some of the Meyer lemon-honey mustard and top with a few sprigs of watercress. Serve with extra mustard on the side.

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SERVES: 4 (Main); Calories: 560; Total Fat 28 grams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Protein: 47 grams; Total carbohydrates: 30 grams; Sugar: 8 grams Fiber: 1 gram; Cholesterol: 151 milligrams; Sodium: 1,175 milligrams

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