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What’s better than a normal burger? Oh, I don’t know–how about something awesome mixed in to the insides of your burger?!? That’s a “blended” burger. Something is blended into it–and they’re usually pretty tasty, and sometimes healthy.

This blended turkey burger is a bit of a departure from it’s all-beef cousin–but don’t let that deter you. Fresh ground turkey mixed with hi-protein quinoa (pronounced “Keen-Wa”) makes for a light and healthy alternative to a traditional fatty and greasy burger; without sacrificing flavor.

If you’re looking to slim down, or just not die from heart disease, give this burger a try!

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Prep Time: 10 min    Cook Time: 35 min

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Ground Turkey (85% lean)
  • 1/2 cup of Quinoa
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth (or water and bouillon)
  • 1 Egg
  • Garlic powder*
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Slices of cheese
  • Normal burger toppings / garnish

Directions:

  1. Bring one cup of chicken broth (or your water and bouillon) to a boil in a small pot on high heat.
  2. When it’s boiling, add the quinoa and reduce heat to medium-low to simmer for 17-25 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, heat up a skillet on the stove and splash a little oil in the pan so nothing sticks.
  4. [Optional] You can season your turkey burgers with garlic powder, or if you want to take it to the next level, mince up a couple cloves of fresh garlic and toss them in your hot skillet while you wait for the quinoa to cook. They’ll roast and brown nicely, and give your burger a little extra something-something.
  5. When the quinoa is finished (read your package for detailed instructions), dump it into a mixing bowl with the turkey, egg, and seasonings. Mix together well, then form loose patties and plop them into that hot skillet.
  6. Cook on one side for 4 or 5 minutes, then using a spatula flip to the other side.
  7. Add a slice of cheese on top to help hold things together (and add some nice flavor).
  8. Serve with all your favorite toppings, including Buns, lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc.

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Note: Cast iron skillets can be slow to heat up, but once they’re hot, it doesn’t take a high temperature to keep them very hot. I normally cook just about everything (including burgers) on medium-low; and I only turn the stove as high as “medium” if I’m wanting to sear something.

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Most quinoa packages will tell you to cook the grain with water, but broth is the best way to cook it because it adds so much flavor to your blended burger.

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