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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.

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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.

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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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