Growing up, I used to pick cilantro out of everything I ate; I could not stand the taste of it. Funny how times have changed. Now, I absolutely love the flavor of cilantro in everything. There's a distinct taste of cilantro that makes a dish more flavorful. Not many people know, but cilantro is good for lowering blood sugar, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), anti-inflammatory, source of iron, magnesium, and fiber. Cilantro is also a great blood detoxifier, who ever knew?
Cilantro also has a mild peppery taste; maybe that's why I enjoy the flavor so much! In this recipe, I used cilantro combined with jalapeños to create a nice mild spicy turkey burger. I recommend using 93/7 lean ground over extra lean 99% to prevent the burgers from drying out. The zucchini adds moisture, you can also add ¼ cup breadcrumbs or quick oats, but calories will be higher.
- 1 lb ground turkey (93/7 lean)
- 1 cup minced cilantro (I mince mine in a food processor)
- 1 medium zucchini grated (leave skin on for extra nutrients)
- 1-2 clove garlic
- ½ onion minced in food processor
- ½ jalapeno minced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cumin
- Mix all ingredients together and ensure they are well combined
- Create 4 equal size patties
- Add burgers to grill (I use a George Forman), and grill until no longer pink inside.
I usually enjoy my turkey burgers as a salad bowl. I combine some fresh romaine or green mixed, with baby grape tomatoes halved, chopped red onion, roasted red peppers, sautéed mushrooms, chopped green onions, and finally topped with your turkey burger and favorite dressing. Check out my recipe for sundried tomato vinaigrette for a great low calorie, flavorful dressing (coming soon).