Thursday, June 5, 2008

Let's hear it for the weekend!

Its Thursday night...WOO HOO! Weekends begin on Friday in our house :) We're having a heat wave in our part of the country this weekend and the grills will definitely be on so here is a great recipe for all you weekend warriors out there!

Kicked-up Turkey Burgers & Mustard Coleslaw
(the turkey burger recipe based on a source that I cannot name right now, but I will blog about it soon :), the coleslaw recipe is modified from Cooking Light)

Turkey burgers
1 package ground turkey (93% lean)
1 handful of cheddar or "taco-blend" shredded cheese
1/3-1/2 cup salsa (I used leftover from last weekend, any kind works)
1 cup bread crumbs
Arugula lettuce (feel free to substitute, but the arugula gives the burger awesome flavor)
Few slices of vine-ripened or heirloom tomatoes
Potato rolls (any rolls you like work here)

Tangy mustard coleslaw
~ 3/4 head finely shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1. Mix ground turkey, salsa, cheese, and bread crumbs until you have a uniform mixture. Separate into burgers (for me, this makes 4 burgers).

2. Mix cabbage and carrots in a bowl. Set aside. Whisk remaining ingredients until a dressing forms - I would have preferred mine a bit creamier, so I would taste the dressing and use the mayo ratio to reach your desired consistency.

3. Add vegetables to dressing, combine and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour.

4. While the coleslaw is in the refrigerator, cook the burgers on pre-heated grill pan or on the grill until desired doneness is reached (remember, this is a poultry burger, so no undercooking!)

5. Serve burgers on buns with healthy dose of arugula and sliced tomatoes. If you are like my husband, you can add ketchup; if you are like me, you think ketchup is disgusting and you'd rather have it plain :)

6. Add coleslaw to your plate, grab a beer or glass of sangria and you are READY FOR THE WEEKEND!!!

You could totally change up the coleslaw by adding some additional vegetables - broccoli slaw, some sugar snap peas, or edamame would be great.

I love burgers with a good dessert too - try this easy dessert. Great way to use all the summer produce thats out there right now!


Anonymous said...

Oooh, I WISH our weekends began on Friday. But seriously, you TOTALLY have me deicded on dinner now....these burgers! yum!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That tangy mustard slaw looks perfect... It's on my father's day menu tomorrow!

Rose&Thorn said...

Our coleslaw recipes are very similar, only I add caraway and a little honey. I love the bite of the mustard and the crunch of the cabbage. Served with a burger - like heaven!