Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Garlic-Herb Turkey Burgers

This recipe is great for those of you who are on an Elimination Diet as it is very easy to make, and when paired with plenty of vegetables, it becomes a very nourishing, anti-inflammatory meal. We like to use lettuce leaves or napa cabbage leaves as our "buns" for burgers, though sometimes my children like the extra carbohydrates of a gluten-free bun (they are so active and hungry all the time)!

Look for organic ground turkey at your local food co-op or health food store. Sometimes it is in the freezer section. I make turkey burgers about once a week (especially now with the warmer weather). Sometimes I omit the chopped fresh herbs and add a tablespoon or two of a good quality Thai curry paste. I also replace the parsley with cilantro. My children really love this Thai-flavored version too!

Serve burgers with baked sweet potato fries if you are on the Elimination Diet. If not, try some potato fries. My kids love homemade baked oven fries using russet potatoes that are seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, and avocado oil. In the summertime I also like to grill summer squash from my garden using my cast iron grill pan on the stove to serve with these burgers. Serve burgers with a garden salad and a homemade dressing for a balanced, nourishing meal!

Garlic-Herb Turkey Burgers

Set out a plate of lettuce leaves to wrap your burgers in and any condiments. Try stone ground mustard (Eden brand is acceptable during the Elimination Diet), grilled yellow onions, sliced avocados, fresh tomato slices (use during Phase 3 for nightshade reintroduction), or whatever else you like to use! Uncooked burger patties can be stored in a covered container in between pieces of parchment paper for up to 3 days.

1 pound ground organic turkey
2 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs (sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil or avocado oil, for cooking

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium to medium-low heat (depending on your stove).

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix together using a fork or your hands. Form into four patties.

Add a little olive oil or avocado oil to your pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through and not pink on the inside. Serve with your favorite condiments in between a gluten-free bun or lettuce leaves.

Yield: 4 servings

Note: If you want some wonderful gluten-free burger bun recipes then look to both of my cookbooks (Nourishing Meals and The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook). I have a few different recipes in both books including sourdough gluten-free buns, grain-free buns, and a great all-around gluten-free (vegan) bun recipe.

And if you are looking for more guidance on following the Elimination Diet you might consider joining our online Elimination Diet program where we walk you though the step-by-step process with online with cooking videos (done by me), informational videos, daily audio motivation, PDFs guides, recorded hour-long informational webinars, and a private Facebook support group. It's an incredible to way to succeed at the Elimination Diet!

More Easy Main Dish Recipes:
Minty Chicken-Zucchini Kebobs
Easy One-Pan Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Turkey-Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

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About the Author

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


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  2. What do you think about making this recipe with ground chicken breast? (I live in a country where turkey is not available). Thank you! (PS: Have and enjoy both cookbooks!)

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