Ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef if you are trying to cut back the amount of red meat you eat. It can be used as a substitution for ground beef in chilis, soups, stews, and even meatloaf. Use "ground turkey breast" instead of "ground turkey" to reduce the fat. I adjust and modify the spices used as ground turkey can taste more bland than ground beef.
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The following recipe is one of my favorite for using ground turkey.
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Burgers
by Laureen King from ArtandtheKitchen
adapted from Inspired.ca
Prep Time: 20 mins. Cook Time: 30 mins. Serves: 4
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup of carrots grated
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
- 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp. Chili Sauce
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 4-8 strips thick cut bacon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil for sautéing
- Heat oil in large frying pan, sauté carrots and onions until tender.
- Add garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Set aside.
- In large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parsley, chili sauce, and egg.
- Add carrot/onion/garlic mixture.
- Mix until just blended, don't overwork or burgers will be tough.
- Divide into 4 portions and shape into thick patties.
- Wrap bacon around and secure with toothpick.
- Place patties on greased baking sheet (I use cooking spray)
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. (Internal temperature of 165 degrees)
Saute carrots, onion, garlic until tender in 1 tbsp. olive oil.
Combine all ingredients together, don't over work mixture.
Form into patties, wrap with bacon.
Bake 375 for about 30-40 minutes.