Turkey, Corn, and Zucchini Patties

Turkey, Corn, and Zucchini Patties

Cram as much summer in your mouth as humanly possible with these incredibly flavorful and light turkey, corn, and zucchini patties. Paired with homemade chimichurri sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce, these are sure to be a hit.

Turkey, Corn, and Zucchini Patties | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

I’ll be the first to admit that turkey isn’t always the first thing on my mind when it comes to menu planning. I have long avoided turkey breast, finding it to be dry and lacking in the flavor department. And since I don’t like gravy, there was no way to hide the disappointment.

With the list of things I’m avoiding growing each week and The Husband refusing to eat chicken, I’ve been craving some variety.

Thankfully, ground turkey has been stepping up to the plate in a big way. Read More

The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

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If I had to choose one food to subsist on for the rest of my life, I’d probably choose french fries.

If I could choose two, it would be a burger and fries.

I’ve had burgers at 5-star restaurants made out of filet minion and the fanciest damn french fries on the planet. I’ve had burgers at the most dingy dive bars on this side of the country. And I’ve had them everywhere in between.

I guess you could say that I’m a total burger connoisseur.

(Okay. Maybe not. Because I only them them one way: with ketchup and pickles and mayyyybe a cooked onion or two.)

In any case, THIS burger is the one that I make week after week. It’s quick and easy and incredibly juicy. The Husband tops his with cheese. I top mine with ketchup and pickles (naturally). The Babe … well, she doesn’t really know what’s she’s missing.

What about you? What’s your favorite kind of burger?

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The Anything But Basic Beef Burger

Whip up these anything but basic beef burgers for a deliciously satisfying meal any day of the week.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs dried minced onions
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder or minced fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce or tamari

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use hands to mix until all ingredients are combined. Do no overwork the beef or your burgers will be tough and chewy.
  2. Form into desired number of patties (I typically make 4).
  3. For the grill: Get grill nice and hot (450-500°F) and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 3.
  4. For the stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add patties. Cook for 4 minutes per side, or until desired level of pinkness.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free and egg free. Can be made nightshade free by using tamari in place of the Worcestershire sauce. Can be made soy free by using Worcestershire sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos in place of the tamari.
Notes:

  • If you are avoiding Nightshades, balsamic vinegar, tamari or soy sauce (if you can have wheat/gluten), Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Coconut Aminos can be used in place of the Worcestershire Sauce.
  • For those that are gluten free, everything I’ve read online states that Lea & Perins brand Worcestershire sauce is safe to use. If you need a more definitive answer, I’d suggest calling the company directly or substituting it with something else (see above note for ideas).

Easy Turkey Burgers

Easy Turkey Burgers

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Seeing as it’s the 4th of July here in the States, I thought it would be incredibly appropriate to post a deliciously simple burger recipe. But this isn’t just any burger recipe. It’s a recipe for the easiest, juiciest, and most delicious turkey burger there is.

Also, these balsamic caramelized onions? 👌🏼

Do no skimp on the onions. I promise they make these turkey burgers next level.

This, coming from a recent convert to the likes of ground turkey. I was getting pretty sick of our beef, pasta, or vegetarian rut, and knew that The Husband would be game for whatever turkey related meal I put in front of his face.

So I tried out a few recipes, including these incredible turkey and sweet potato meatballs. They gave me the confidence to put even more turkey-themed recipes on the menu.

These turkey burgers are born out of that new-found confidence.

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Easy Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Declare your independence from the boring old burger and grill up a batch of these Easy Turkey Burgers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

For the onions:

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar

For the turkey burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

To make the onions:

  1. Slice onions into rings.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over high heat and add onions, oil, and vinegar. Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until beginning to turn translucent. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid that's one size too small for the pan so it fits snugly around the onions.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions shrink to 1/3 of their size and become buttery soft; about 25 minutes.

To make the turkey burgers:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and incorporate with hands.
  2. Form into 4 patties.
  3. If grilling: Heat to medium and spray heavily with a cooking oil spray or put down 2-3 layers of aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil spray. Add patties to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink inside.
  4. If cooking on the stovetop: Heat 1-2 tbs oil in a pan over medium heat. Add turkey burgers and cook for 7 minutes on each side, or no longer pink inside.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.

Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

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When it comes to burgers, The Hubster and I tend to be pretty simple.

We like a basic burger, seasoned with a little garlic, salt and pepper. Cook it up, throw it on a bun with some lettuce and pickles and we’re good to go. Some weeks, we get fancy and sauté some onions. Most weeks we can’t be bothered.

But every now and then, it’s fun to play around with the old standby.

And that’s exactly what we did this week with these Teriyaki Burgers with Grilled Pineapple.

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Buffalo Chickpea Burgers

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan

Buffalo chicken sandwiches were my all-time favorite meal.

I had to stop eating them due to a nightshade sensitivity. When I could finally eat them again, The Hubster decided he didn’t like chicken.

Woe was me.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers

My life was forever changed when I took my first bite of buffalo falafel.

It was a recipe that both The Hubster and I enjoyed. It wasn’t chicken. AND it was amazing to boot.

I seriously wanted to eat my weight in buffalo falafel and drink the leftover buffalo sauce for dessert.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan

We have been getting a bit tired of our usual (beef) burgers.

While we both love the sriracha burgers, we were ready to switch it up a bit and get back to our veggie-friendly ways. But we were also a bit tired of the same veggie burgers we’ve been doing for yearsssss.

A total dilemma, I know.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan

So I dug deep.

I figured if the buffalo falafel were so damn delicious, why not try something similar in PATTY form.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan

Hot damn (pun intended) was I right.

Ab.so.lute.ly deeeeeeeelicious.

I’m pretty sure these chickpea patties would be fantastic on their own, if you aren’t a fan of the hot sauce (or can’t have it due to a nightshade sensitivity).

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan

To be fair, we are pretty wimpy when it comes to spice, and these were a nice mild heat that left our lips a little tingly but didn’t fully drain our sinuses either. I’d give it a 2 or 3 out of 10.

If you happen to be a spice head, you may want to lower the amount of water in the sauce.

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan

Buffalo Chickpea Burgers | Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan
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Buffalo Chickpea Burgers

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

For the patties:

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/3 cup carrot shreds approx. 1 large carrot
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats ground into flour
  • 1/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 2 tbs hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • cooking oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs flour wheat, rice, gf all-purpose
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar

Instructions

To make the patties:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth, approx. 1-2 minutes. You may need to stir it a few times to make sure everything gets incorporated.
  2. Form into patties. Reserve what you want to make and freeze the rest.
  3. Heat cooking oil over medium-high heat and pan-fry patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned.

To make the sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the oil over a medium-low heat.
  2. Add the flour and stir constantly until flour starts to turn golden and smell like it's toasted (about 4-5 minutes). You should see a few bubbles but don't let it boil.
  3. Add the hot sauce, water, and vinegar and stir until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Turn off the heat and set aside.

The finishing touches:

  1. Dabble a bit of hot sauce over the patties, flip and dabble a bit more.
  2. Serve on your favorite bun (or lettuce wrap), with lettuce and tomato.
  3. The Hubster said it would be dope with some ranch dressing.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, wheat free*, gluten free*, corn free, soy free, and egg free.
*The wheat and gluten free status of this recipe is dependent upon the flour used in the buffalo sauce.