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One of the most rewarding parts of marriage has been saving my husband from daily dinners of plain ground turkey and plain egg whites. Yes, I kid you not – that is really what he ate.

Plain, plain, plain. How could one live that way?


I knew he needed to be rescued before he drowned in a vat of ketchup in an attempt to spice up his life.


In comes his beloved ground turkey. We use ground beef for burgers, too, but somtimes it is nice to have a 99% fat-free turkey burger. Heart healthy, low-fat, and a nice change of pace once in a while.


Using 99% extra lean ground turkey breast, I add every spice in my cabinet to the mix, plus whole wheat bread crumbs and olive oil.



Well, not every spice, but that is how I initially felt when I first tasted what my husband ate every night. Out of desperation I threw almost every spice into that darn ground turkey just to get the awful taste out of my mouth.

Over the past few years, the recipe has been a bit more perfected and thankfully we have a real, outdoor grill these days. The stink of plain ground turkey on a George Foreman grill every night in a tiny apartment is so utterly, completely, gag-inducing that I was ready to knife the awful stuffed turkey and scream ‘this is all your fault!’

To this day, I still begin to shake when I see the George Foreman grill.

However, I was able to maintain my composure, create this turkey burger recipe, and make my husband smell 600 times better (ok, that’s a stretch) than he did in those long, unfulfilling years before he met me.


At least I like to think the years before me were unfulfilling.


Once the burger is grilled, we like to serve it on a wheat bun, topped with fresh mixed greens and tomato.



The Best Turkey Burger

1-2 lbs 99% extra lean ground turkey breast

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup seasoned, whole wheat bread crumbs

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 tablespoons worchestshire sauce

1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

1/2 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon dried parsley

salt & pepper to taste


Preheat grill or skillet.

Add all ingredients in a large bowl and mix into turkey until just combined. Form into 4 patties and cook until heated through. Serve on whole wheat buns with fresh spring greens and tomatoes.




The burger is perfect for your New Year’s resolution – low- fat, heart healthy, tasty, and quick to make.

And in 2 weeks when you forget all about those resolutions and fall off the wagon, I have lots of goodies to lure you back into the dark side. I’m here for ya. :)