Thursday, March 06, 2008

Cheesy Turkey Burgers

If you think turkey burgers are dry and tasteless, think again! These are absolutely scrumptious. Also, they freeze very well, just wrap the leftovers in aluminum foil with waxed paper separating the patties. Thaw them and reheat in the microwave -- you'll find them just as moist and flavorful as the freshly made burgers.

Cheesy Turkey Burgers

3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
1 small onion, grated
3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons minced chives
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey

In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties. Cook in batches in large skillet coated with a couple of tablespoons oil. Cook 8 minutes on first side, flip and cook for 5-6 more minutes.

I serve these on whole-wheat buns with lettuce or spinach; mayo for the adults, ranch dressing for the kids. I usually just cut an 8-ounce package of reduced-fat cream cheese in half for this recipe. Chives can be hard to find, and expensive, so I substitute green onions. And lastly, I've used mozzarella in place of the Mexican cheese with lovely results.

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