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Turkey is more economical than I ever really thought. If you’re like me, you love burgers. Why not have a healthier burger? I didn’t think it was possible, but it really is. You just have to know how to doctor up some bland meat.

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 large red onion, finely chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup black olives, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup canned artichoke hearts, finely chopped
1 large portobello mushroom, finely chopped
1 medium egg
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 each hamburger bun

1. Heat non-stick skillet to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the vegetables. Cook unitl desired doneness. Remove from pan and allow to cool.

2. In a bowl, add all other ingredients except the remaining olive oil and buns. Form into 4 patties. Place these in fridge for about 15 minutes to help bind them.

3. After the given 15 minutes, heat the pan that the veggies were cooked in originally to medium heat and pour in remaining olive oil. Place patties in pan and allow to cook. Don’t mash down on them. Just allow them to cook through. Turn when bottom is browned well and allow other side to brown, too.

***I think these would also make great little meatballs! Mix everything together and instead of making patties, use a melon baller and make meatballs. You could cook in a pan with olive oil or bake on a sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil spray on bottom and then spray tops of meatballs with olive oil spray, too. Cook until done!

Serves 4.

Notes: You can add a variety of things to these for flavor. There are lots of herbs and spices out there and whatever is your favorites can be used. I typically don’t like a lot of herbs in my burgers so I didn’t put many in. I wanted the veggies and the meat to be the main stars. But if you want to add things, do it! Make it your own!!!!! That is what cooking is all about.

You can also make these ahead and freeze so that you have them ready when you want them. So why not make a few and have them on hand?

The burger itself is only like 319 calories. The bun tacks on 110 calories. If  you are looking at saving some calories, eat it without a bun. Or you can get some low-cal bread that is like 40 calories a slice and toast it and use that. You still get bread and you are saving 30 calories. Every little calorie counts!

I think these would also make great little meatballs! Mix everything together and instead of making patties, use a melon baller and make meatballs. You could cook in a pan with olive oil or bake on a sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil spray on bottom and then spray tops of meatballs with olive oil spray, too. Cook until done!

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 439 Calories; 21g Fat (43.1% calories from fat); 28g Protein; 34g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 143mg Cholesterol; 1210mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 2 Fat.

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About Amy

Recently I came to an ugly realization–I am middle aged. I didn’t really think so but then I doubled my age and thought, “Hmmmm…some of people don’t live to that age. I must be middle age.” This epiphany came in the third quarter of my 39th year. So I am surviving middle age…it’s scary.

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