Fresh Herbs Turkey Burgers, and The Leftover Queen
One of my all time favorite easy meals is burgers in the summer, and meatloaf in the winter. Maybe my family gets tired of it, but I don’t, and quite honestly, they don’t complain! There are several great things about this meal: I can mix the meat with all of the ingredients ahead of time (as in, usually earlier in the day), and then cook it all at dinnertime. Second, because I cook at least 2 lbs at a time, it leaves us with great leftovers! Third, you can do tons of great sides with this type of meal. Salad, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, potato salad, quinoa, grilled veggies, whatever. It’s a win-win all around!
OK, now sometimes I hear people say they don’t like leftovers. Really?! What’s not to like?! It’s made ahead of time, and if it’s good, you get to enjoy it again! If not for dinner, what about for lunch? One of the hardest meals of the day if you’re eating clean, especially if you work, is lunch. But when you have leftovers, all you have to do is pack a lunch when you’re cleaning up at dinner, and it’s ready to go for the next day! Leftovers make my life SO much easier, especially on my work days. The absolute worst is when I come home from work and there is nothing to eat. It’s not like Tim leaves me high and dry with this, but it’s so much easier for both of us if something is ready to go, and we just throw it in the oven. SO. MUCH. EASIER.
I’m someone who can eat the same dinner for several days straight. Now, I know most people don’t like to take leftovers that far. If you’re someone that doesn’t like leftovers at all… well, I just don’t get it. BUT, if you don’t, then you can cut these recipes in half very easily!
By the way, you might notice there is chopped spinach in this recipe. Don’t worry, you did hear me right. Tell the kids it’s herbs, and I’m not kidding, they just flat out won’t notice! Gets extra greens into all of you, and not to mention, it’s just plain awesome.
OK, lastly, before I give you this darn recipe. A few words about the herbs and essential oils. Sorry if I’m just to wordy. But there is a lot to say! IF you don’t have fresh herbs because you don’t have a garden or don’t want to make an extra trip to the store, feel free to substitute dried herbs. It’s not quite as amazing, but still good. The essential oils are optional, but when I add them, I kid you not, people can’t stop asking me what I’ve put in these burgers to make them so flavorful! Use your discretion on this; I feel very comfortable consuming doTERRA essential oils. Not all brands of essential oils are meant to be consumed, though.
Fresh Herbed Turkey Burgers (or Meatloaf)
Makes: 8-9 burgers, or 2 loaves
2 lb ground turkey (dark meat)
¾ cup almond flour
4-5 cloves minced garlic
15 fresh sage leaves (or 1 tsp dried sage)
30 fresh basil leaves (or 2 tsp dried basil)
4-5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)
2 drops Marjoram essential oil
2 drops Basil essential oil
2 cups spinach, chopped in a food processor
3 tbsp avocado oil
2 tbsp coconut aminos
1 ½ tsp sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
For meatloaf, oven should be set at 350
Form into patties and grill on BBQ. Keep in mind that uncooked turkey burgers are not going to be as firm as beef burgers. This is why I put eggs and almond flour, to hold it all together. The trick when grilling them so that they don’t fall apart is to let them cook on one side for longer than you might think.
OR form into 2 loaves and place on in large 9x11 glass baking dish (greased with avocado oil). Cook about 45 min or until inside temp is 160.
Serving idea: Use fresh romaine lettuce or butter lettuce instead of a bun. Sliced avocados, tomato and soft goat cheese.
OR, more traditionally, just use a bun, gluten free or regular, depending on your needs, and melt a little cheese on the burgers right before removing them from the grill. Add your dressings and condiments and enjoy!
*Why would you want to use marjoram and basil essential oils instead of dried marjoram and basil? Certainly using the dried herbs is just fine, but the essential oils give such a great benefit because they are so concentrated. Only use an essential oil that is meant to be taken internally (you can tell if it has supplement facts on the side of the bottle, and if it is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade).
Benefits of Marjoram Essential Oil: Calming effects on the nervous system, supports a healthy immune system, as well as supports the cardiovascular system.
Benefits of Basil Essential Oil: Improves mental focus and lessens anxious feelings when diffused, helps promote clear and healthy skin.
REMEMBER: If you ingest essential oils, it is of utmost importance you use a brand that is meant to be ingested. One trick is to check to see if there are supplement facts on the bottle. If not, then do not consume it and just use the dry herb.