Turkey burgers are a great way to mix things up a bit if you want a change from the same old beef burger patties. Changing it up and ensuring a variety of different foods in our diet ensures we are consuming a wide range of nutrients. Turkey, for example, is a source of iron, potassium, zinc, selenium, B6 and niacin – all of these nutrients play important roles in energy production, immunity and thyroid health to name just a few. Turkey is also a good source of the amino acid tryptophan which we need to consume from the diet to be able to produce serotonin in our bodies. Serotonin is involved in mood and social behaviour, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, pain sensitivity, sexual desire and function and overall wellbeing. So don’t forget to include turkey regularly as part of a balanced diet.
500 gm turkey mince
1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
2 tablespoons of macadamia nuts, crushed,
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tbs almond meal
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan if desired, to taste
Coconut or Extra Virgin olive Oil to cook
1. Place the mince, parsley, macadamias, fresh and powdered garlic, onion powder, almond meal and egg (and parmesan if using) in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix everything together really well so that the flavourings are evenly distributed through the mince. Season the mixture well then divide into patties.
2. Melt the coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the patties and fry for about 4 – 5 minutes on each side, until nicely golden and cooked through. Serve burgers up with your favourite ingredients or try going ‘naked’ and use lettuce instead of a traditional burger bun.