Cooking Light staffer Rita Kinnamon-Jackson tinkered with her father's original meat loaf-style burger by replacing the ground beef with ground turkey and using chili powder instead of pepper for a flavor boost. But this recipe remains true to the spirit of the original. "My dad would be so proud that his mini-meatloaf on a bun was such a hit," she says. The patties might seem a little wet, but they bind together nicely once they begin to cook. Because they're delicate, a grill pan works best.
1 cup regular oats
1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt-added tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
6 (2-ounce) onion sandwich buns, toasted
4 curly leaf lettuce leaves
6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
How to Make It
Combine first 7 ingredients. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll; top each serving with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and top half of roll.
A turkey burger recipe has to do two things: add moisture and add taste to ground turkey (especially turkey breast). It added plenty of moisture, but the flavor was not so good. The chili powder flavor was too pronounced and not subtle at all. The tomatoes were not helpful.
I will stick with my onion soup and zucchini burgers, while experimenting with other recipes.
Very wet and soggy, not much flavor. I provided slightly less than the required meat weight and tried to anticipate this to no avail. I would suggest pressing as much liquid as possible out of the canned tomatos.
I had the same problems as others,but it's my fault. Only two of my burgers managed to keep shape, one fell apart completely and the last I made was falling apart on the side. That being said, they are delicious! I liked the tomato in them and the crumbled one tasted fine without the aid of the bun. Used "spring mix" lettuce and got a nice bite of bitter green on the crumble chunks stuffed on the lightly toasted sesame bun I had. My family liked them too. I halved everything, except the tomatoes, which was probably my problem, and the chili powder. Also added garlic powder. Very yum.
I tinkered with the recipe a bit and my husband and I loved these. Passed along my adapted recipe to a friend and she made them twice already. Used 1 egg instead of 2 egg whites. 1/3 cup fire roasted salsa instead of diced tomatoes.
Added sprinkle of garlic powder and 1/4 tsp pepper.
Came out with 8 large patties. Cooked on a griddle and grilled some sliced onions with them as well.
I REALLY liked these, but they are definitely a "pan-grill only" recipe due to how moist and loose the patties are. Reheats nicely. Good flavor, BIG portions, cheap and quick. Cooking time is more like 8 minutes per side.
Awful! The texture of the burgers was like a sponge: wet and squishy. The flavor was weird. I ended up having cereal for dinner instead. I cook almost exclusively with Cooking Light recipes and this is the first one I absolutely hated.