Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Grilled Turkey Burger Patties


Swap beef for lean ground turkey the next time you crave a burger to save on calories and fat. You won’t compromise flavor when you mix in cumin, cayenne, oregano, and onion powder. I always mix in a pinch or two of flaxseed—you will never know it’s there, but it’s a great way to sneak this power food into your diet on a regular basis. These turkey burger patties are so tasty you won’t even need to serve them on a bun. Serve them with a mixed green salad with a flavored vinegar for dressing and a side of Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges (here).

16 ounces extra-lean ground turkey

¼ cup whole-wheat bread crumbs

1 red bell pepper, finely minced

1 egg

1 tablespoon flaxseed

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 Prepare an outdoor grill for medium heat.

2 In large mixing bowl, mix together the turkey, bread crumbs, red bell pepper, egg, flaxseed, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, and oregano.

3 Form the mixture into 8 turkey patties, about 3 ounces each.

4 Place the patties on the hottest part of the grill, and grill for 4 minutes. Flip the patties over and grill for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

5 Let the patties rest for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

Cooking tip: Don’t have a grill? You can also prepare these patties on the stove. Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with nonstick cooking spray, and set over medium heat. Carefully place the burgers in the pan, and cook for 6 minutes. Flip using a large spatula, and continue cooking for 4 minutes on the other side. The patties are finished when they are no longer pink and the internal temperature is at least 165°F.

Per Serving (2 burger patties): Calories: 189 Total fat: 3g Sodium: 143mg Total carbs: 9g Sugar: 2g Fiber: 2g Protein: 29g

Post-Op Servings

image 2 (2- to 3-ounce) burger patties