One of my favourite food bloggers, Jenna Weber from Eat, Live, Run, created a turkey burger recipe that she included in her first book White Jacket Required. I was lucky enough to meet Jenna at a book signing here in Austin a few weeks ago. Not only did she inspire me to be a better cook, she is also proof that following your heart is always the best choice. Even when your dreams may seem unachievable, go for it anyways because intuition is much better than reason.
Anyways, she includes a few really awesome recipes in her book but this one especially caught my eye.
I didn’t go as far as to make it a “girl’s night” dinner but I suppose this would make a good meal for roommates to whip up together or an easy dinner for the whole family. Or you could be like me and just make extras for the week and keep em to yourself;)
So as awesome as this recipe looks, I didn’t have some of the spices it called for, like cayenne, but I did have this bad boy which I think is even better.
I have no idea where I got this sadly but if you really want to try it out and can’t find it at your store, you can order it here. Otherwise, just use cayenne….but be prepared…you’ll be missing out on the “tex-mexiness” flavor of these Texas-inspired burgers! You may notice there are no measurements on the seasonings…I usually don’t measure them out. I just give a generous amount to the mixture until I think it’s enough flavor. Just go with your gut!
1.25 lbs extra lean ground turkey
1 egg white
1 red bell pepper
Tex-Mex Chipotle Seasoning
1 medium sweet potato
Sandwich thins (optional)
For the sweet potatoes-
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the sweet potato up into thin slices and spray the bottom of a baking pan with cooking spray. Disperse sweet potatoes on pan and sprinkle with sea salt and tex-mex chipotle seasoning. Spray top layer with cooking spray again, stick in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping over half-way.
For the burgers-
Cut up bell pepper into small pieces. Whisk the egg and egg white in a bowl. Combine turkey, bell pepper, eggs, sea salt, Tex-Mex Chipotle seasoning, chili powder, paprika, thyme and cayenne in a mixing bowl. When everything is evenly mixed, form 5 patties. (I only have 4 in the picture because there was no more room left on the skillet)
Cook each pattie in a nonstick skillet on medium heat for about 7 minutes on each side.
When cooked all the way through, take off the skillet and serve on a sandwich thin alongside your sweet potato fries. I like to top my burger with salsa but other delicious options would be tomatoes, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, black beans, and avocado!