Protein is important. It supports growth to repair body tissue and keeps your immune system healthy. However, it is important to note that protein doesn’t necessarily mean red meat. Protein can come in a variety of sources including fish, poultry, eggs, low-fat dairy products, nuts and nut butters, dried beans, peas and lentils, and soy foods.
These turkey burgers not only offer a good source of protein that isn’t red meat, but they are filled with extra veggies that follow the American Institute for Cancer Research recommendation of eating more plant-based foods. The burgers are also loaded with fresh herbs that promote good health and may help prevent inflammation.
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 3/4-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
1 lb. lean ground turkey
2 cups medium packed fresh spinach, chopped small
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
6 whole-grain buns or 6 large lettuce leaves
Microwave sweet potato 4-6 minutes or steam 15 minutes until tender.
While sweet potato is cooking, prepare pan for grilling or turn on broiler and set top rack on second rung (at least 6 inches from broiler). If broiling, prepare large broiler pan with cooking spray.
In large bowl, mash sweet potato. Add turkey, spinach, onion, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper and oil. Mix together and form 6 patties about 1/2-inch thick.
Grill patties in a pan 4-8 minutes on each side or until center is 165 degrees F. If broiling, arrange patties on broiler pan and broil 4-8 minutes on each side or until center is 165 degrees F.