Turkey Portabella Burger

Portabella Turkey Burger with Butternut Squash Pasta

What You Need:

  1. 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey Meat
  2. Egg whites (either fork over the money to buy egg whites as is, or suck it up and learn to separate eggs…it’s kind of fun, actually)
  3. Worcestershire Sauce
  4. Spicy Brown Mustard
  5. Garlic Cloves
  6. Chopped onion (either red or white; both end up tasty)
  7. 4-6 Portabella Mushroom Caps
  8. Gouda Cheese (my preference for this particular dish, but any cheese really; if you’re trying to be healthy skip this, or go for part-skim/skim cheese)
  9. Olive Oil
  10. Salt (try sea salt!)
  11. Black Pepper
  12. Cayenne Pepper

What You Do:

  1. In a big bowl, mix the turkey meat, with 6 tbsp of the Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons of the mustard.
  2. Mince the garlic (I like 4-5 cloves) and chop enough onion till you have about 1/3 cup
  3. Mix and Mash the onion and garlic into your meat.  Continue mashing, while adding salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste (gauge it, no need to taste raw meat here)
  4. Mash some more and some egg whites in it. If you plan on making big patties, you need more egg whites in order for the meat to keep together into a patty.  If you’re making smaller patties, you’ll need less egg whites.  I went with the egg whites from 3 eggs (~1/2 cup egg whites) and made 4 really big patties, and 1 really small one).
  5. Mash even more! Also, turn your oven on to 250.
  6. Set up a plate, put a paper towel on it.  Divide up your meat into patties.  With 1 lb, you can make 5 really good-sized ones, to 6-8 healthier, smaller portions.
  7. Put your mushroom caps onto a cookie sheet, and set into oven.
  8. Get your pan out and heat up some oil.  You really don’t need that much – because the little fat from the turkey also aids to your cooking!
  9. Let one side of the patties cook a little, flip, repeat, and then move the cooked patties to another plate.
  10. The timing works out nicely, if you cook 3-4 patties at a time.  By the time you’re done, the mushrooms will have toasted just right.
  11. Set the mushrooms on plate, top with a patty, then sprinkle gouda cheese on top!
  12. Be happy.  The entire process takes about ~45 minutes.  That’s pretty good for some yummy burgers!Portabella Turkey Burger with Butternut Squash Pasta