Hi readers, for today's Tasty Tuesday post I want to try and talk you into switching from red meat to poultry. Chicken and turkey have great protein benefits but help keep out the high levels of fat and cholesterol you find in beef. Josh and I made the switch a few years ago and its hard to really tell a difference most of the time. We enjoy turkey meatballs in our spaghetti, ground turkey in our tacos, ground turkey in soups, and turkey burgers on the grill. I found a box of 12 pre-made Jennie-O turkey burgers at Aldis for around $6.00. They are frozen and super easy to thaw a little before hand and just throw on the grill.
A 4-ounce cooked turkey burger has 193 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 22 grams of protein. The calories can be even less if you use more light meat than dark meat. A 4-ounce cooked lean beef burger you’ll take in around 225 calories, 12 grams of fat, 5 gram of saturated fat and 27 grams of protein. Less fat an less calories but all the flavor? Tell me why this isn't a good idea?
When using turkey or chicken as a replacement for beef make sure you season it well because it doesn't have the fat that beef does to help add flavor. Josh uses garlic powder and some montreal hamburger seasoning for our grilled burgers. For meatballs I use a variety of italian seasonings, and for tacos I use a reduced sodium taco flavoring packet.
For some awesome turkey burger recipes check out these links!