Recipe of the Week: A Welcome to Summer & Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers!

24 05 2013

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and thus the summer begins! This first official celebration of summer usually brings out the barbeque grill and traditional picnic foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans. If you are having a family get together this weekend, try to keep your recipes lean and light so that you can stay on track with your healthy lifestyle goals. Choose extra lean ground beef or turkey (93% lean) to make your burgers. If you must have hot dogs, choose leaner versions of 100% beef or chicken/turkey to help improve the nutrient value just a little (and eat just 1!) Use low fat mayo to prepare potato salad, and cut the brown sugar in half to make your baked beans- no one will ever know! If you want to get a little creative this holiday weekend, I suggest trying a new burger recipe. There are a million ways to make and top a burger, and this is one my husband actually turned us on to! Serve with a great romaine salad and balsamic dressing and finish with a slice of angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries and a dollop of light cool whip.

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Makes 4 servings                                Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

4 Dole pineapple slices, canned (packed in 100% juice)

1/4c lower sodium teriyaki Sauce

1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken (93% lean)

½ tsp grated fresh ginger or 1/8-1/4tsp ground ginger

1/4c plain panko bread crumbs

4 slices reduced fat cheddar cheese (such as Kraft Natural 2% milk Cheddar cheese slices)

4 whole wheat hamburger buns

Directions:

Drain pineapple and reserve 1/4c of juice. Stir together teriyaki sauce and reserved pineapple juice in a small bowl. Mix together turkey, ginger, bread crumbs and about 2-3 Tbsp of the teriyaki sauce mixture. Shape into 4 patties. Grill patties, brushing with remaining teriyaki mixture, until brown and cooked through. Top with cheese slices and melt. Place pineapple slices on grill and cook until lightly golden brown. Serve burgers topped with a grilled pineapple slice on whole wheat hamburger bun.

  • Note: you can use fresh pineapple for this recipe; just purchase 100% pineapple juice separately if desired.

Nutrition Information per burger (without bun): 292 calories, 17g carbohydrate, 12g fat, 29g protein, 570mg sodium.

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