This recipe turns 99% lean ground turkey into a meal that you can actually enjoy – seriously – that has the added nutrition of vegetables.
When you take a close look at the different options for ground turkey, you’ll find a great difference in what seems like a very small change in composition of fat/lean meat:
- 4 oz. of 99% lean turkey has 120 calories, 1.5 g. of fat, .5 g. of saturated fat, and 26 g. of protein
- 4 oz. of 93% lean turkey has 160 calories, 8 g. of fat, 2.5 g. of saturated fat, and 22 g. of protein
And you can taste the difference. Personally, I like the 99% lean better; if I am going to eat something fatty, then I would prefer some beef.
99% lean ground turkey has a nice clean taste that you can use to create a lot of variety in your meals, depending upon what you add to it and how you prepare it. One challenge is to keep it from being too dry without adding a lot of fat, but here is a great way you can do that:
Turkey Burger stuffed with Bell Peppers
(The recipe creates 4 turkey burgers, so you can feed a group, or stick the extras in the refrigerator. You can also easily scale the recipe down, which is what I do. Simply cut the ingredients in half, or use one quarter.)
- 20 oz. 99% lean ground turkey
- 1 medium red bell pepper
- 1 medium green bell pepper
- salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste
- Chop peppers into 1/2″ squares, and put into a medium bowl with seasoning.
- Add turkey meat, and mix well. Separate into 4 even portions, and press each into a burger patty.
- Cook on heated indoor grill (I use my George Forman) until cooked all the way through.
I have mine with a baby spinach salad. Just toss spinach with vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, then lay the burger on top. And sometimes I even enjoy a slice of toasted wheat bread with some ketchup and mustard.