A family favorite! No one will ever know these turkey mushroom burgers are so good for you! They hide puréed lentils and sautéed mushrooms which not only make them fabulously nutritious but also make them flavorful and moist like a regular beef burger! Who thinks of burgers as a source of fiber? These are! In fact they are a complete meal in and of themselves! The only thing I would say about this recipe is that it is a little time consuming because you have to sauté the mushrooms and purée the lentils but this makes a large batch and I typically freeze half to make another day. It works beautifully! I serve those on my Soft Wheat Buns-YUM!
- 1 lb raw all-natural extra-lean ground turkey
- 1 Tbsp flaxmeal diluted in 3 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp flax meal
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp tomato paste
- ¾ tsp salt
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp chopped onions
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 2 cups sliced raw mushrooms
- 1 cup cooked lentils rinsed and drained
In a large bowl, mix together first 7 ingredients (all the way through ground black pepper) Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a small non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the chopped garlic and onions and sauté for a couple minutes, then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-8 minutes until soft.
Place the cooked mushrooms and cooked drained lentils in the bowl of a food processor and grind until “creamy”.
Add the lentil/mushroom mixture to the ground turkey mixture and mix thoroughly. It will be “sticky” and that’s just right. You can refrigerate (it also freezes well) at this point until ready to grill (Do not form patties at this point!).
Drizzle a little canola oil in a large grill pan and heat over high heat. When the pan is very hot, spoon out the ground turkey (about a heaping 1/3 cup per patty) onto the grill pan. Do NOT attempt to shape the patty at this point! Let it sizzle on that side for 2-3 minutes, then flip over and flatten gently with a large spatula and smooth out the edge so that it is circular, and continue to grill for 2-3 minutes on that side.
Flip the patties over once again until cooked through.
Serve on whole wheat buns with garnishings and ENJOY!