EVERYBODY EATS: Turkey burgers taste like summer

Carly Weber
Published: February 13 2014 | 9:29 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:36 am in

A friend told me the other day that sheís tired of her clothes.

ďI feel like I wear the same things every day,Ē she said. ďWinter needs to end soon!Ē

I completely agree.

I was pulling on my winter coat the other day, and I had a sudden urge to throw it away. Iím tired of wearing it. Iím sick of gloves, scarves and hats and trudging to work against subzero winds.

It reminds me of being 38 weeks pregnant when you are sick of wearing the same maternity clothes over and over, but you arenít going to invest in anything new this far along.

My kids love this winter ó specifically the snow days and late starts ó but my husband feels my pain.

Itís not his summer wardrobe heís missing. Itís the grilling that comes with warmer weather.

Judging by the amount of snow on our back deck, he wonít be getting his fix any time soon. That doesnít mean we canít fake it while we wait.

Vegetables, steak and chicken all can be made indoors, but nothing says grilling more than hamburgers.

This turkey burger recipe is a healthy alternative to hamburgers. The green onion and cheese add an unexpected twist to the meat and the

basil mayonnaise gives the finished burger just the right kick.

I serve them with a side of pasta salad, another dish that screams summer. All that was missing was a glass of lemonade.


Serves 6

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 scallions, chopped

2 tablespoons milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

6 slices provolone cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil

6 hamburger buns

6 lettuce leaves

6 tomato slices

6 red onion slices

Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, scallions, milk and egg in a large bowl; mix well. Pat mixture into 6 burgers.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add burgers; cook for about 5 minutes. Turn burgers.

Top each burger with provolone. Cook until burgers are cooked through and provolone is melted, about 5 minutes longer. Meanwhile, combine mayo and basil in a bowl. Spread basil mayonnaise on buns. Assemble lettuce, burgers, tomatoes and onion on buns.

Source: Easy Everyday Cooking recipe card.

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