When you chose a healthy lifestyle and diet, people imagine that your every day meals must be dreadful. “I could never live like that” is the most common phrase I get from people with whom I discuss my clean eating ways. The main reason that happens is because they filter every single information I give them trough their own, personal experiences. For instance, they remember that X years ago, they were on this awful diet, eating a meat today, vegetables tomorrow, mostly boiled, tasteless. Eating a pizza, dessert or burgers was out of the question.
Well, no, that`s not my style. I don`t want to live like that, hating every meal and my life entirely, so I decided to adopt a clean healthy lifestyle and adapt my favorite recipes and cravings to it. So, when I want to eat something specifically, I cook it healthy and enjoy it with my friends and family.
From this starting point, I will tell you a nice story from this week-end. I had a terrible craving for burgers. I don`t remember exactly what started it (perhaps the fact that every day, on my way to work, I pass by a McDonald’s), but what I do know is that determined to prepare a healthy burger. So today, I give you the delicious Clean Eating Turkey Burger.
Considering the fact that I never made a burger before, I was pretty excited about preparing it, but mostly to assembling it. So I went on a shopping rampage, buying whole wheat buns, rucolla, onions and tomatoes. Because mayonnaise was out of the question, I quickly whipped an avocado sauce, the obvious healthy choice.
I wanted my first burger to be super healthy, so I decided to make a clean eating turkey burger, with white meat that has low cholesterol. I added an egg and some grated Parmesan, for the needed fat, in order to keep the meat from falling apart. For the extra nutritional value, I added grated carrots, parsley and chopped green garlic, fresh from the garden. I seasoned the mixture with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and oregano.
I worked really hard on making my burger look like it was taken out of the cover of a magazine, so I wanted to make a thick burger, minimum 2-3 inches, round and equal. Although I did not have a special thingy, machine that makes burger meatballs, I`d say they look pretty darn well, wouldn`t you say?
I cooked the burgers on the grill, outside, but you could do it on a kitchen grill just as well. They were on the grill for 5 minutes on each side, until the bars are printed on them.
This clean eating turkey burger is the healthy version of the fast food kind, which contains preservatives, saturated fat and a huge amount of sodium, all bad for your health, and that is only meat wise. I did not count the ketchup, mayonnaise, french fries on the side or the all purpose flour buns.
I`m not saying you should neglect or ignore your cravings, but to choose a healthier version of them. If you want, we can prepare together the better alternative to more fast food dishes, so i`m waiting for your suggestions in the comments section below.
I`m curious, what toppings did you add to your clean eating turkey burger? Leave a comment!
- 500 gr turkey breast
- 1 egg
- 30 gr grated Parmesan
- 70 gr grated carrot
- 1 garlic thread, fresh
- sea salt
- Mince the turkey breast and throw in a bowl with the egg, Parmesan, carrot and garlic.Mix all the ingredients well, using a fork.
- Season the mixture with sea salt, pepper and oregano, to taste. You can also add parsley, freshly chopped.
- Cover and place the mixture in the fridge for a minimum 30 minute.
- Divide the mixture in 4 and shape the burgers. From time to time dip your fingers in water so that the burgers don`t stick to your hand or the plate. I used no flour in the process.
- Heat the grill well and place the burgers, cooking them for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the bars get printed on the meat.
- Set aside for 2-3 minutes and them start assembling the burgers.