As a mother of four, my creativity with food was put to the test quite often, especially cooking nutritious foods that were easy and quick. Making them last and not costing a fortune was definitely a must. My kids always had to eat what I ate. My goal was to cook good food, so they would like it as much as I did. It was tough for a long time being new to gluten-sensitivity back then, but once I figured things out & gained some knowledge of gluten-free cooking, things got much easier. In the end, what it came down to is to cook healthy, nutritious foods that were naturally gluten-free.
This dinner recipe of mine was an accident. Never did I think it to be such a big hit and serve me at multilevel. At the time, the question was what to do when in a situation where three more unexpected teenagers come to dinner when your kid’s friends invite themselves to stay and eat.
The surge for dinner in the fridge began.
I had ground turkey, sausage, eggs, spinach, cheese, onion, garlic, seasonings. After thinking for a little while, I came up with the idea of making turkey burgers. If I were to cut up the smoked sausage and fry it up with onion, I could add that to the turkey mixture. I would be able to make enough burgers to feed everyone.
They have since become one of our most wanted dinners. I like to change them up every so often, by adding different kinds of sausage or vegetables. They are satisfying, delicious, and, best of all, easy and quick to make. When I make these burgers, I like to meal prep them and cook enough to have them for lunch the following days. Plus, they are excellent tasting finger food. They taste perfect without the side dishes. They taste great cold, which makes them ideal for travel food as well, as it is not necessary to heat them to taste good, unlike with beef or pork. These turkey burgers taste great with salad, vegetables, rice, or any side dish that goes well with meat. If you eat gluten, put them on a bun and add the toppings and condiments. I eat mine without bread just as a side for my salad. It is highly satisfying.
Ready to make some multilevel turkey burgers?
Let’s get cooking dinner:
Preheat the grill until nice and hot. Once you put on the burgers, turn the grill down to medium-low heat, cover, and grill for about 10 min on each side, with the grill being closed.
To start with:
- 1-3 smoked sausages of your choice. Today I used Kielbasa (sometimes I also like to use the brand “Aidells” it’s a smoked chicken sausage without hormones, antibiotics, no artificial ingredients and of course gluten-free, my favorite flavor is the “Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese”). Of course, you can pick any brand or flavor you would prefer.
- One medium-sized organic onion or 1/2 large onion
- 1 ½ cups of baby spinach
In a pan, heat some olive oil, add onion and sausage cut in small cubes, roast until tender and onions are glossy, then add the spinach and toss until spinach is tender as well, set aside and let cool)
In a bowl, mix:
- 2 pounds of organic or hormone and antibiotic-free ground turkey, or chicken (I also like to mix it up 1:1 ground turkey and chicken)
- 2 free-range, humanely raised, farm-fresh, or organic eggs
- ¼ to ½ cup parmesan cheese, or shredded cheddar cheese I feel work best
- 3-4 organic minced garlic cloves
- ¼ to ½ cups of bread crumbs. (this depends on how large the eggs are and how runny the meat mixture is. You can also make your own breadcrumbs from the “ends” of your gluten-free bread instead of buying panko. You can keep them in the freezer to have crumbs available any time you need them).
- Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, to taste
Note: If you are on a no bread diet (not even gluten-free bread), use either cooked rice or cooked quinoa instead of the bread crumbs, this works well. You can also leave these out if the dough is not too runny.
Once mixed well, add sausage mixture to meat mixture. Mix until thoroughly blended. The blend will be soft, so when you put the burgers on the grill, take handfuls, pat them slightly, and put them on the grill.
I hope you will try the glorious burgers and enjoy them as much as we do. They make a great addition to meal-prepping, as these babies taste better every day. I would love to hear from you, so please leave me comments below. Like and share on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks so much for reading.
Note for my dairy-free people: This recipe also works very well without the added parmesan or added cheese at the end.
I have to admit these kinds of dinners are my absolute favorites as they are easy, lasting, and yummy. I hope you will take advantage of the turkey burger recipe and make it your family’s favorite dinner to eat. Hopefully, it will become your go-to for meal prepping, bulk cooking, and leftovers.
Until next time I cheer you on for being you.