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Turkey Burgers With Quick Ratatouille

Prep: 10 minutes, Cook: 32 minutes.

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Health JUNE 2006

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger plus 1 cup ratatouille)

Ingredients

  • Ratatouille:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium diced unpeeled eggplant
  • 1 small diced zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Turkey burgers:
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Preparation

1. Preheat grill.

2. For ratatouille, warm oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, eggplant, zucchini, salt, and pepper. Cook 8 minutes, stirring, until softened and cooked down. Stir in tomato, red bell peppers, and vinegar; cook 10 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in basil. Set aside.

3. For burgers, combine ricotta, Worcestershire, mustard, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add turkey; mix with clean hands to combine. Divide into 4 pieces; lightly form each into a 1-inch-thick patty. Grill patties over medium-hot coals 7 minutes per side, turning once.

4. Place burgers and ratatouille between buns, and serve. Leftover ratatouille will keep, tightly covered, for a week in the fridge.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 551
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 6g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 128mg
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Sodium: 923mg
  • Calcium: 177mg
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