Gluten Free Grilled Turkey Burger with Marabel and Sweet Potato Fries

Monday, June 25, 2012

Do you remember about 10 years ago when everybody seemed to have been bitten by the low-carb bug?

Fast food joints all over America were turning out big honkin' all beef patties glistening with fat, smothered in cheese, mustard and ketchup coddled in lettuce boats.

Well, that was the inspiration behind this turkey burger. Not that much inspiration is needed to leave the bun behind and just have the meat, but still.

I follow Slimming World's Extra Easy plan and had started my morning with two pieces of wholemeal toast and melted cheese. Both my A and B Healthy Extras were spoken for for the day, but I still wanted a burger without any syns. The ultra lean turkey burger with grilled bacon and grilled onions was born. Served with a syn-free portion of Marabel and sweet potato oven fries and one of those cute little throwback lettuce boats.

For the turkey burgers:
500g turkey mince (ground turkey)
4 rashers smoked lean bacon
1/2 onion
iceberg lettuce
1/4tsp garlic granules
1/4tsp oregano
1/4tsp parsley
1/4tsp mustard powder
1/4tsp Worcestershire sauce
drizzle of low-fat vinaigrette dressing
pinch salt and pepper

For the Marabel and sweet potato fries:
6 small Marabel potatoes
2 large sweet potatoes
low-calorie cooking spray

alright, let's cook:

For the burgers, in a medium-sized bowl, combine the mince with the garlic granules, oregano, parsley, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning. Form into patties and set aside while the grill warms and prepare the onion by slicing it. When the grill is warm enough cook each patty until cooked through. Set aside and cover with foil and simultaneously grill the bacon and the onions.

For the fries, peel and cut the sweet potatoes and the Marabel potatoes. Arrange on one or two paper-lined cookie sheets. Spray with low-calorie cooking spray and bake at 200C/400F for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove and salt liberally and return to the oven. There's no need to turn them over, but you can if you want to. Continue to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through.

To serve, lay a bed of lettuce on the plate and place a turkey patty on top followed by one rasher of bacon and the grilled onions. Repeat if necessary for double or triple burgers. Drizzle liberally with low-fat vinaigrette and serve the well-seasoned fries on the side.

Note: of course, you can serve the burgers traditionally with buns and condiments if you want to.  

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