Tuesday's Cupboard—Amped Up Burgers

Turkey burgers topped with baked Parmesan crisps & fresh mushrooms sautéd in Ponzu sauce — simply delicious!

fresh ginger adds a flavor flair to these tasty burgers

amped up burgers

adapted from Weight Watcher's Magazine may/june 2012

prep:  20 minutes
cooking time:  about 15 minutes
serves 4

equipment:  cookie sheet & silpat silicone mat
large nonstick skillet
fine shredder

  • 1/3 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1.25 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1 small finely shredded zucchini (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger (or jarred minced ginger)
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic in H2o (or 1 fresh garlic, chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • canola or olive oil
  • 1 pkg. precut, pre-cleaned fresh white mushrooms
  •  3 T. Kikkoman Ponzu citrus-seasoned sauce or plain soy sauce
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • cooking spray (plain or olive oil)
  • optional condiment:  wasabi mayo (1/4 c. best foods mayo + 4 tsp. wasabi paste + 1/4 c. Greek yogurt)
  • optional sides:  cherry tomatoes & 1/2 fresh avocado

make it!

parmesan crisps:
  1. preheat oven to 375°f
  2. line cookie sheet with silicone baking mat
  3. mix shredded parmesan cheese with 1 tsp. flour in bowl
  4. divide mixture into 4 equal mounds
  5. place on baking sheet 4" apart
  6. flatten each cheese stack into a 3" round with the back of a tablespoon
  7. bake until cheese crisps are melted & golden, about 10 minutes
  8. cool on sheet for 2 minutes; remove if necessary to prevent scorching on the bottoms
...meanwhile, wrap the hamburger buns in foil & place in the oven to heat.  Lower the temp to 350°f

a flavor twist on plain ol' hamburgers

  1. mix ground turkey breast, 1 c. shredded zucchini, 2 tsp. grated ginger, chopped garlic & salt.
  2. shape into 4 1/2" thick patties
  3. spray pan with nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  4. fry patties on medium heat in a nonstick large skillet for 10 mins on each side (watch these because they brown quickly); about 20 mins. total
  5. remove patties from skillet & add about 2 tsp. canola or olive oil
  6. toss in 1 pkg of fresh sliced mushroom; sauté until tender, about 6 minutes
  7. stir in Ponzu sauce & cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes

bubbly fresh mushrooms sautéd in citrus-flavored Ponzu sauce

  1. place 1 burger on each hamburger bun
  2. top each pattie with 1/4 c. mushrooms & 1 cheese crisp
  3. add greens & condiments (I serve these with wasabi mayo & classic dijon mustard)
  4. add a handful of cleaned cherry tomatoes & 1/2 of a cut-up avocado on the side

bon appétit

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