Thursday, October 14, 2010

rainbow turkey burgers.

This is simply the best turkey burger you will ever eat.  It's also two meals, one prep.  And a rainbow of healthy veggies are hidden within for your non-veggie kid (or husband, in my case.)  Genius.  If I do say so myself.

Rainbow Burgers/Meatballs (heavily adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe a long time ago)
4-5 tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 orange bell pepper, chopped
3/4 sweet yellow onion, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
5 baby bella mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 pounds ground turkey
swirl or two of olive oil

Put all ingredients including the olive oil in a large bowl and mix well (preferably) by hand.   Flatten the meat so that it is "even" in the bowl.  Then score the meat down the middle.  Put half of the meat mixture in another container with a lid and store in the refrigerator for meal #2.

Meal #1 ~The Burgers
Score the rest of the meat in half and then quarters.  Take each section and form into patties.  Saute in  olive oil over medium heat about 5 minutes per side until cooked through.  Serve with all the yummy burger fixin's.

Cook's notes:
1.  I chop all the vegetables finely as I don't like to bite into a chuck of onion and neither do my kids.
2.  Any mushrooms will do.
3.  I usually leave out the cayenne if I'm making these for kids, and double it if I making it for just adults.
4.  You can change up the herb you use.  I have a love affair with fresh basil so I often use that in addition to the parsley.
5.  I use one pound of dark meat and one pound of white meat turkey.
6.  If you like cheese burgers add a slice during the last minute of cooking.  (I add two.  Spicy jack is great on these.)
7.  You can barbeque these, but they tend to stick to the grill so I generally do them in a saute or grill pan.  I'm not the bbq girl. (That's Sparky's job.)  Anyone have any tips to keep the meat from sticking?

Meal #2 ~The Meatballs
Leftover Rainbow Burger Meat
Rao's Marinara Sauce (the best and actually worth the stiff price) or homemade
Box of your favorite pasta cooked al dente
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Chopped basil

Form 1-2 inch meatballs out of the rest of the meat mixture.  (Seriously, I hate that term "meat mixture."  What else can I call it?)  I use a small melon baller to keep things somewhat uniform.  Place meatballs on a cookie sheet completely lined with foil (to make clean-up easy.)  Broil for about 15 minutes or until almost cooked through and browned.  I flip after 10 minutes.  Place in your favorite marinara sauce in a saute pan and finish cooking in sauce.  (This adds flavor to the sauce as well.)  Serve over pasta of your choice, sprinkle with parmesan and basil. 


I snapped away on my monster Canon but (shockingly) I was unhappy with most, actually, all of the photographs of our delicious meals.  So instead of showing you one of the disappointing photos, I thought I'd show you this epically successful one.

This one too.

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  1. Yumm! Thanks for sharing as I am totally stealing this recipe - Blaine loves meatballs and hiding the veggies in it is fabulous!!
    As for the no stick trick, I used to have Mark spray the grill with non stick oil cooking spray - they even make one that is intended for BBQing (high heat). I also incorporated grated onion (makes more moisture than chopped), and some soy and Worchester sauce in them to add a bit more liquid so they were not so "sticky".

  2. Wow... 2 in one? :)

    Hidden veggies is always a good thing, in our meals. I can definitely tell that this was a winner in your house. That's reason enough for me to make it... very soon (other than the fact that it sound delicious!).

  3. Oh! My daughter us going to love this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yuuuuuum!! I'm going to have to try this!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. This looks easy and great and love the idea of hidden veggies and seriously the kids look like they loved it too :)
    I am off to check out the other recipes for some cooking ideas for this week.

  6. How great is this?! haha thanks for sharing!

  7. SO, I made these last night (meal #1) and they were absolutely delicious!! Served them on WW English muffins (my favorite "bun"), with my salad dressing (except switched out the honey, balsamic, red wine vin. with champagne vin. and maple syrup- Mmmm) and it was seriously a PERFECT dinner... and I can't wait for tonight's dinner!!

    Oh, and finished the meal off with Parenthood... LOVING this show- still... seriously.

  8. Meal #2 equally delicious... and I can't wait to have the leftovers. I am seriously so tired of dishes. Leftovers will be a nice reprieve this evening. :)