Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mexican Turkey Burgers

     I have really become a believer in cooking with ground turkey.  It's healthier than beef and typically quite a bit cheaper.  Don't get me wrong, I don't substitute it yet (I still love my red meat!)  but I do take note of the recipes that use ground turkey.  Anyway, this seemed like a fun way to combine some of my favorite foods:  hamburgers and mexican food.  Enjoy! 

1 Tbl olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. salsa
1/2 (15.25 oz) can corn
1 lb. ground turkey
1 (1.25 oz) packaged taco seasoning mix
1/3 c. dry bread crumbs
6 flour tortillas
6 Tbl sour cream
2 c. shredded lettuce

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Coat a medium baking dish with cooking spray.  
2.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the onion, green pepper and garlic 5 minutes.  (I never actually chop up cloves of garlic, I buy a big jar of minced garlic and keep it in the refrigerator.  So much easier and you still get the yummy fresh garlic taste!) Remove from heat, and cool slightly. 
3.  In a small bowl, mix the salsa and the corn.  In a large bowl, mix the onion mixture with the turkey, taco seasoning, and 2 Tbl of the salsa mixture.  Divide into 6 patties, and press into the breadcrumbs to lightly coat on all sides.  Arrange the coated patties in the prepared baking dish.  
4.  Bake the patties 10 minutes in the preheated oven.  Turn patties and spread with the remaining salsa mixture.  Continue baking 10 minutes, to an internal temp. of 165 degrees. 
5.  Warm the tortillas in the microwave, about 30 seconds on High.  Wrap the cooked turkey patties in the warmed tortillas with sour cream and lettuce.  

Kind of long directions, but REALLY simple to make.  Here's a picture of what they should look like coming out of the oven: 

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