“Naked” Turkey Burgers – Regular & Thermomix methods

"Naked" Turkey Burgers

With Christmas nearly here there’s going to be a lot of turkey, right? And usually an excess of food in general so I’ve been thinking about lighter meals that can use up left overs but still pack a tasty punch.  Enter the “Naked” Turkey Burger, naked because there’s no bun to cover it up (of course you can always add one if you are a bit modest)!

I’ve got both the regular & Thermomix methods for making the patties because I’ve got very lazy about chopping things these days.  Now, the good news is that both our girls loved these so as far as the mini critics go I take that as winning as it’s a rare occurrence! They also love “eat like a pirate” nights which means they don’t get in trouble for eating with their fingers!

Turkey is high in protein and low in fat (unless you eat the skin) and the mince is a good budget alternative for mid week meals. The patties would also go well in wraps in the lunch boxes the next day too.

What you need:

For the patties

500 g turkey mince

1 onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 C breadcrumbs ( I mixed some seeds in with the bread and whizzed them all up)

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp paprika

Salt & pepper to taste

For the rest of the burger:

Iceberg lettuce leaves (enough for 2 per person), washed

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1 tomato, thinly sliced

1 packet haloumi, thinly sliced

Optional side: Sweet potato & potato chips

1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into chips

2 white potatoes, peeled and sliced into chips

1 Tbsp olive oil

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line 2 baking trays with baking paper (if you are doing the chips too).

Put the chips on one of the baking trays, drizzle with the oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, turning a couple of times.

Put all of the patty ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.

Scoop out dessert spoon sized balls and flatten into patties. Put onto other baking tray, drizzle with oil and bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until cooked through, turning once in the middle.

Heat some olive oil in a frypan and add thin slices of haloumi, flip sides once it starts to melt and go golden and repeat (3 – 5 minutes in total)

When everything is cooked put the lettuce “cups” on the serving plates, top with a turkey patty, tomato, cucumber and haloumi and plate up the “chips”. To eat wrap the patty etc up in the lettuce cup and enjoy.

Repeat with the remainder of patties or keep them for lunch boxes the next day. The patties can be frozen.

Now for the Thermomix method for making the patties – all other steps will be the same.




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