As a mother of four my creativity with food was put to the test quite often, especially cooking nutritious foods, make them last and not costing a fortune. Even more so after I became gluten-free. I refused to cook two meals, my kids had to eat what I had to eat. I needed to make it good so they would like it as much as I. It was tough for a long time, but once I figured things out & gained some knowledge of gluten-free cooking, things got much easier. Today my kids are so used to it they cannot even tell the difference anymore. For example, for my daughter in-law’s birthday dinner I made real, good quality pasta, no one even knew it was real pasta after I mentioned it everyone agreed that it did not make a difference to them at all. I took that as a compliment.
The story on how I came up with this recipe was kind of, out of panic. The question at the time was, what to do when you are put in a situation where three more unexpected teenagers come to dinner. When your kids’ friends invite themselves to stay and eat. That was me, quite a few years ago, when all I had planned for dinner, was something small and quick. I went to the fridge with small panic. As I let my mind play this game of what do I have in my fridge that I could possibly put together to feed 7 people. I have a tendency to play this game when I don’t feel like cooking. It’s like cleaning out the fridge and eating everything that’s in it instead of throwing it out.
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 cut up the smoked sausage and fry it up with onion, add that to the turkey mixture, I could make enough burgers, to feed everyone.
As you can see these family favorite burgers were a complete accident. They have since become one of our most wanted summer dinners. They are satisfying, delicious, and best of all easy and quick to make. I usually like to make more than I need for dinner, as they are delicious the next day for a great lunch to bring to work with. Sometimes we eat them for a couple of days if we are lucky and have enough leftovers. They are perfectly good cold unlike beef or pork so they are great with any kind of salad, vegetable, rice, literally any kind of side dish that goes well with turkey, which honestly, I cannot think of any side dishes that don’t go with turkey, can you? If you eat gluten put them on a bun and add the toppings and condiments, you want. I eat mine as a topper to any salad I might be making at the time. It is highly satisfying.
Let me introduce you to my recipe:
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 together:
- 2 pounds of organic or hormone and antibiotic free ground turkey (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 cup of bread crumbs (this depends on how large the eggs are and how runny the meat mixture is. Also, I make my own breadcrumbs from my “ends” of my gluten-free bread instead of buying panko. Every time I have an “end” I save it and put it in the freezer so I can have crumbs available any time I 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 really well.
Once mixed well, add sausage mixture to meat mixture. Mix until completely blended. The mixture will be soft so when you put them on the grill just kind of 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. 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. See you again on Wednesday!
Note for my dairy free people: This recipe also works very well without the added parmesan or added cheese at the end.