Knife-and-Fork Chili Turkey Burgers

Rachel brought these outrageously different burgers to me one afternoon while I was hard at work on this book. Turkey is an especially lean[ meat, so you really have to add some moisture to it; Rachel's done that here by using veggies. She made a lot of these, like we always do, to be sure we have leftovers -- and I couldn't stop eating them for the next two days! Now, five years after we were introduced to eating low-carb, I've all but forgotten that burgers once came with a bun!]

Total Time:
30 min
15 min
15 min

5 servings (2 burgers each)

  • Burgers:
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon Quick and Easy Sugar-Free Ketchup, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Garnish:
  • 10 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 10 red leaf lettuce leaves
  • 10 tomato slices
  • 10 onion slices
  • 10 pickle spears
  • Make the Burgers: Mix all the ingredients together with your hands, except the oil, in a bowl.

  • Divide the meat mixture into 10 equal-sized patties.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the burgers, turning once, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.(A instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the thickest burger should read at least 165 degrees F.)

  • Divide the burgers among plates--2 to a plate. Dollop each serving with mayonnaise and stack lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle on top.

Quick and Easy Sugar-Free Ketchup:
  • 8 ounces no-sugar-added tomato sauce

  • 6 ounces no-sugar-added tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups

  • Nutritional Analysis per serving of ketchup:

  • Calories: 10

  • Total Fat: 0

  • Saturated Fat: 0

  • Carbohydrates: 2

  • Fiber: 0.5

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