Now that grilling season is upon us, its time for all things BBQ, cold drinks and sitting on the patio. Summer is my favourite time of the year! I love the weather and the laid back nature, not to mention all the seasonal produce. These organic and easy turkey burgers are great for patio weather and are super simple to make, so you don’t need to sacrifice any time inside prepping them.
Are you a fan of turkey?
Maybe you find turkey burgers a bit flavourless or bland, but with the right herbs and spices, you will be pleasantly surprised. A lot of people think that turkey burgers are a bit more boring compared to the “real deal” beef burgers. Don’t get me wrong, I love making and eating beef burgers, but sometimes I want something a little lighter. These fit the bill, plus when you load them up with avocado or guac, you are in for a HUGE taste bud treat. If you also want a good veggie burger, check this one out, it is my absolute fave and I have gotten such great reviews from it!
Go for Quality Meat:
If you are partaking in any meat, I always suggest buying the best quality you can. Not only is it healthier for you but it is also a better option for the environment and you will be supporting smaller scale farmers in the process. When it comes to turkey, you should try and find organic turkey.
All meat in Canada is hormone free, except for beef. When it comes to antibiotics, however, those are permitted in beef, dairy cattle, chicken, laying hens, turkey, pork and fish (farmed fish). Of course Health Canada has determined a “safe level” for hormones and antibiotics left in our food, but is this the best option? I would leave that for you to decide, but for me, personally I would rather not have my food treated with antibiotics and hormones. So when you buy organic, this means it is produced without the use of antibiotics or hormones. It also usually means that the animal was treated more humanely and fed a diet that doesn’t allow for genetically modified food.
When it comes to antibiotics, however, those are permitted in beef, dairy cattle, chicken, laying hens, turkey, pork and fish (farmed fish).
How to buy organic?
It is best to buy from a certified organic grower/farmer as they have had to pass rigorous testing to get and maintain this certification. However, with that being said, if you do find a local (small scale) farmer who abides by organic principles but cannot afford the costly certification, they may be another option. That is a personal choice for you to make and one in which you have to trust the person you are buying from.
Is organic healthier?
There hasn’t been any official reports or tests that prove organic food is healthier. But there are studies to show that organic/pastured meat does contain more omega 3 fatty acids than conventional. You can find more research to support this here. It should also be noted that although hormones are not used in Canada (except beef) it is used in the U.S. so if you are eating food from there, have a look to ensure the quality of the meat. It is also important to note that the use of hormones is banned in the European Union (much like GMO’s) and so I always find it a bit funny when people from North America make a big deal about why people care about these issues (hormones and GMO’s). The EU has always been more strict about the quality of their food and that is something that I can appreciate.
If you are interested in learning more about your meat and why buying organic matters, then have a look at this article which summarizes each and every label and what it means.
When it comes to turkey and chicken, if you believe that you are what you eat, eats, than you should look at buying organic.
Bottom line, organic poultry:
Does not use GMO grains in their feed.
Contains no animal by-products in feed
Does not contain antibiotics
Raised in lower density flocks with access to sunlight, fresh air and outdoor pastures
Follow a strict adherence to organic principles and thus obtain a certification (if labeled Canada Organic Standards)
Keepin’ it saucy!
Also, I added an avocado-hemp sauce on top that is great for dipping and slathering on top. I also made some really delish sweet potato spirals(?), I don’t know what to call them haha. But, they are spiralized with my trusty spiralizer and then fried in coconut oil and spices. I love making them as a tasty treat, just be careful to watch them closely so they don’t burn (like some of mine did) oops. Honestly, I just wasn’t paying enough attention, but they are really easy to make.
I use this spiralizer and have been for years, it works well and is pretty affordable, I highly recommend it!
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Easy Turkey Burgers:
So let’s get to it, here is my recipe for the most delicious organic and easy turkey burgers complete with avocado sauce and sweet potato. You can keep it bunless like me, or have it on one if you wish.
These keep well in the freezer after you cook them, just wrap them in parchment paper and in a ziploc bag. Then take them out the night before to defrost. They make a great salad topper, with avocado over greens and hemp hearts. Keep the dressing simple.
- 1/2 kilo ground turkey
- 1 tbsp. tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
- 7-8 sun dried tomatoes, sliced (dried, not in oil)
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 1 egg
- 1/4 onion (red or yellow) (optional)
- chili flakes to taste (optional)
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small-medium sweet potato
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- Spices of choice (I used chili powder, pinch of cayenne and sea salt)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 small lemon (about 1 tbsp)
- 2 tbsp. hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 1/2 tbsp. water
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands, it will be wet.
- Form into patties and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes, then flip and bake for an additional 8-9 minutes.
- Remove and eat!
- Spiralize your sweet potato, by cutting it in half and spiralizing each half (leave the peel on).
- Get a pan nice and hot, add your coconut oil.
- When the pan is hot, add the potato (and spices) and move them around with tongs until crispy.
- Place on a plate lined with paper towel.
- Combine all of the above ingredients (except water) into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, adding the water as needed to thin.