This is a really wonderful alternative to obviously the traditional burger but even the now popular Portobello bap varieties. These are fabulous when you are wanting a juicy protein addition but just don’t want the weight or grease of red meat. Naturally lean, turkey mice makes a great substitute and when teamed with a touch of harissa, a zingy raita, tomatoes, creamy avocado and the cool crunch of some little gem you have a match made in heaven.
Makes 8 burgers
· 1 packet of turkey mince
· 2 cloves fresh garlic
· 1 tsp harissa
· small handful coriander
· avocado oil for cooking
For the raita
· 4 tbsp natural coconut yoghurt
· ¼ cucumber grated
· handful of mint
· 1 tsp garlic powder
· 6 little gem lettuce leaves
· slices tomatoes
· 1 avocado
1. Place the raw turkey mince into a mixing bowl. Take 2 cloves of garlic and mince into a puree adding this along with the harissa, salt, pepper and some roughly chopped corrainder. Using your hands mix all the ingredients together making sure they are evenly distributed.
2. Divide the mixture into eight small balls. Heat some avocado oil in a non-stick pan and place as many burgers as you have room for in your pan, pressing them down gently with a fish slice as they sizzle.
3. In the meantime, place your yoghurt into a bowl mixing through the garlic, salt and pepper.
4. Grate the cucumber and finely chop the mint and fold this through the yoghurt as well placing to one side.
5. If your burgers are cooked simply remove them from the heat and leave in the plan until you have prepared your “baps.” Having them a little cooler in this instance is an advantage as you don’t want them to wilt the lettuce too quickly!
6. Lay your lettuce leaves out on your plates/serving platter, adding one burger to each. I tend to use 1 or 2 outer leaves of the little gem to get the larger sized using the remaining for a salad at a later date.
7. Add some sliced avocado, tomatoes on top and dollop a nice creamy helping of coconut yoghurt raita on top. Again experiement here grated red cabbage or carrot would be really yummy here too!
Get a napkin ready and enjoy that first bite of the juicy warm burger with the coolness of the yoghurt. The best bit being you feel satisfied but not bloated, guilty or coma-fied after!