Saturday, February 16, 2008

Delightful Contradiction: The Healthy Burger

While no longer a vegetarian, I haven't eaten red meat since age 9. To be honest, I don't really remember what a burger tastes like, but judging from its fan base, I gather it's pretty damn good. The following recipe is pretty damn good too; it even has the endorsement of my guy, a card-carrying carnivore.

Turkey Burgers with Grated Zucchini and Carrot

1 lb. ground turkey
1 medium zucchini (grated)
1 medium carrot (grated)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
3/4 tsp. dried thyme
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 large egg

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Form mixture into patties. Broil in heated skilled (coated with olive oil), 4-5 minutes on each side until no trace of pink, flipping burgers once.

Serve on a crusty roll or whole wheat English muffin with lettuce, tomato, melted cheese, and mustard. Carrots, hummus, and kosher baby dill pickles make superb and healthy accompaniments.

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