Eating My Way Through

Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Green Beans and Shallots October 13, 2010

Filed under: Dinner,Veggies — Nikki Wegner @ 12:42 am

Quite often, probably once a week I am not going to lie, I get a craving for a juicy burger and a batch of crispy fries. There is something about the combo that gets me every time!

Not so recently as let’s be honest, I haven’t been great at posting lately, I made these great Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers, and I paired them with some green beans to satisfy my need for something a bit crunchy and crispy! Originally this already pretty healthy recipe called for using ground beef, but I substituted ground turkey to make the meal even leaner but still full of protein.

To start, you saute the chopped onions for a bit until they are nice and tender, and then you let them cool.

In a large bowl, you combine the ground turkey with the onions, breadcrumbs, water and egg whites. I also added Worcestershire sauce to the mixture. Growing up my mom always made what I called “special burgers,”  I was such a creative child right? Her secret ingredient was always Worcestershire sauce, so I figured I would give it a try in this recipe. And just like mom’s, the addition made the patties juicy and gave them something a little special. Maybe if you’re lucky I will share her recipe with you at some point!

 

Burger Pattie Mixture

Burger Pattie Mixture

 

Once you have the burger mixture prepared, divide it into 8 equal portions and shape into 1/2-inch thick patties. Spoon about 1 oz of blue cheese into the center of 4 of the patties.

 

Pattie with Blue Cheese Filling

Pattie with Blue Cheese Filling

 

Cover each pattie with one of the four remaining burgers, and seal by pinching the edges together.

Place the patties on the grill.

 

Turkey Burger on the Grill

Turkey Burger on the Grill

 

Cook the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side until cooked through.

While the burgers are cooking you can make the green beans.

First, saute the shallots in a skillet with some butter an a little bit of sugar.

 

Shallots Cooking

Shallots Cooking

 

Then add in the green beans and salt and cook until the beans are tender.

 

Green Beans with Carmelized Shallots

Green Beans with Shallots

 

Once the burgers and green beans are done, simply plate and serve!

 

Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Green Beans and Shallots

Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Green Beans and Shallots

This meal was great for a post-work dinner. It was super easy to prepare, but was different enough to still feel like a bit of a cooking adventure. It also satisfied my burger and fries craving with probably half the calories!

 

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers (adapted from Cooking Light)

Cooking Spray

1/2 cup Vidalia onion, finely chopped

1 lb ground turkey

3 tbsp panko breadcrumbs

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 egg white

1/4 cup blue cheese

4 sandwich thins

Tomato and Lettuce for topping

Directions:

Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat

Saute onions until tender, about 5 minutes

Remove from heat, let cool

In a large bowl, combine the onions, turkey, breadcrumbs, water, Worcestershire sauce, and egg whites;  stir well

Divide  in to 8 portions, shaping into 1/2-inch think patties

Spoon 1 tbsp cheese into the center of 4 patties and top with the remaining patties

Press edges together to seal

Prepare grill and spray with cooking spray

Grill 4 minutes on each side until fully cooked

Place on buns with, serving with tomatoes, lettuce, etc

Yields 4 servings

Green Beans and Shallots

1 lb green beans, trimmed

2 tbsp light butter

4 shallots, thinly sliced

1 tsp sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon zest

Directions:

Saute shallots in butter

Add in green beans and salt, saute about 5 minutes

Sprinkle with lemon zest

Yields 4 servings

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