Garlic adds flavor to turkey burgers

August 15, 2000

Garlic adds flavor to turkey burgers

By The Associated Press

Garlic-Crusted Turkey Burgers hot from the grill are tasty to bite into, with their fresh summer garlic flavor and stylish sun-dried tomato topping.


Other advantages: They are easy to make, outdoors or in a kitchen broiler, and each burger contains less than 5 grams of fat.

The topping may be made a day ahead and refrigerated until just before use.

Garlic-Crusted Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Topping

  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split, lightly toasted

For topping, soften tomatoes in boiling water; drain and chop. In small bowl, combine tomatoes, yogurt and basil; mix well. Set aside. Topping may be made one day ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.


Prepare charcoal grill or heat broiler.

For burgers, combine all remaining ingredients except garlic, lettuce and buns; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape mixture into six 1/2-inch thick patties. Sprinkle garlic evenly over both sides of patties, pressing gently. Place on grid over medium coals or on rack of broiler pan.

Grill or broil 4 to 5 inches from heat source 3 to 4 minutes per side or until no longer pink and juices run clear. Line bottom half of each hamburger bun with lettuce; place burger on top. Spread top of burger with about 1 tablespoon topping; close with top half of bun. Serves 6.

Nutrition facts per serving (1/6 of recipe): 240 calories, 4.5 grams total fat (1 gram saturated fat), 35 milligrams cholesterol, 320 milligrams sodium, 4 grams dietary fiber, 27 grams protein.

- Recipe from Kretschmer Wheat Germ

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