Friday, November 16, 2012

RANCH TURKEY BURGERS

1/2 cup soft whole-wheat bread crumbs
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 small green bell pepper, chopped fine
1 to 2 (depending on your taste) jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped fine
1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg
1 1/4 tsp dry ranch dressing mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 lb lean (read the label; no skin!) ground turkey
4 whole-grain buns
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
4 onion slices

Sauce:
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1 tsp dry ranch salad dressing mix

Combine all the ingredients through the hot sauce in a large mixing bowl; crumble the ground turkey over the mixture.  Mix together well and shape into 4 equal-sized patties.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat.  Add the patties to the hot skillet and cook about 8 minutes per side or until the juices run clear.  Be sure a meat thermometer reads at least 165 degrees!

Combine the sauce ingredients together until the dry dressing mix is completely absorbed into the sour cream.

To assemble sandwiches, place a lettuce leaf on the bottom portion of each bun.  Top each with a tomato slice and an onion slice.  Add the burgers and spread with the sauce.  Top with the top of the buns and serve.

Yield: 4 burgers of approximately 373 calories each.

Note: I got the original idea for this burger from an old TOH healthy cooking, however, I have made a few changes to make it healthier.

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