My “Go-To” Turkey Burgers

August 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Grilling, Turkey | 2 Comments

I am so behind on posting things – ahh!  I have 5 or 6 recipes that I need to post so I’ll try to get a couple up today. 

I love turkey burgers grilled out – YUM.  No one else in my house is a huge fan for some strange reason but I make them for myself very often.  They are great even warmed up for lunch the next day.  This is my “go to” recipe.  These are so easy but they are SO full of flavor and oh so yummy.  Enjoy!

Recipe from

Ingredients (this makes enough for about 6 burgers)

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon finely diced onion
  • 2/3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 12 patties.
  • Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).
  • Mrs. Pig Rating:  I love these.  These taste so good that I normally make more than I need so I can have them for lunch.  Serve them up on a wheat bun and you have a healthy yummy lunch!


    Southwest Turkey Burgers

    June 11, 2009 at 12:42 am | Posted in Beef, Grilling, Turkey | 2 Comments

    This year, I am all about grilling out.  I grilled out some last year but for some reason this year, I can’t get enough of it.  Maybe it’s because I love sitting outside in the backyard smelling citronella and listening to the sounds of summer.  Whatever the case, I’ve been grilling a lot lately.  I love grilled burgers SO much.  Tommy doesn’t love them as much as me so I don’t make them often but I wanted a burger and I wanted to try something different.  I came across this recipe on one of my favorite blogs and decided to give it a try.

    Recipe from My Kitchen Cafe

    2 lbs ground turkey (you could use ground beef if you want but we never use it for anything. Also, I halved the recipe and used 1lb for just Tommy and I and it made 4 burgers)

    1/2 cup minced red onion (I omitted)
    1/4 cup minced green onion, white and green parts
    2 egg whites, whisked
    1 teaspoon ground chili powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    dash cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

    Preheat a grill to medium-high.

    In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the minced red onion, green onion, egg whites, seasonings and worcestershire sauce. Mix gently but thoroughly. Divide the mixture into six equal portions and shape them into burgers.

    Place the burgers on the grill and cook until the turkey is just done (about 4 minutes per side) and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees.

    Serve the burgers on buns and top with garnishes.

    Pig Rating:  The Pig didn’t love these as he isn’t a huge fan of southwest flavors but he liked it okay. 

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  I AM a fan of southwest flavors and I thought these were wonderful!  They had great flavor to them and I love grilled burgers.  This one is easy and so flavorful.  I will be making these again…the Pig can just have plain ones and I’ll make these for myself!  🙂

    “World’s Best Lasagna”

    December 1, 2008 at 1:08 am | Posted in Cheese, pasta, sauce, slow cooker, Turkey | 2 Comments

    Italian food is my absolute favorite.  I could eat it every single day.  I probably wouldn’t be a size 4 if I did that though huh?  There are definitely times when I splurge on something that sounds amazing and I don’t care how many calories are in it.  I have seen this recipe on for “World’s Best Lasagna” for awhile now but I never got around to making it.  I always just kind of throw a bunch of stuff together normally when I make lasagna and it is always good but I wanted to try something new.  Last weekend we decorated the Christmas tree and I wanted something yummy and comfort food like for the cold evening so I decided to make this finally. 

    Ingredients (Don’t be scared off by the long list…)

    • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
    • 3/4 pound lean ground beef (I used ground turkey)
    • 1/2 cup minced onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
    • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 12 lasagna noodles
    • 16 ounces ricotta cheese (I omitted)
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
    • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


    1. In a Dutch oven (I used my crock pot as I don’t have a dutch oven…hoping for one for Christmas!!), cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
    3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

    Pig Rating:  The Pig liked this but he said it was almost too sweet for him.  He said he likes the other lasagna that I make better.  He ate leftovers many times though so it must not have been TOO bad…  🙂

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  I thought this was excellent!  I loved the sauce – it absolutely made the dish.  This is something that I will definitely make again – would be especially good for a carry in dinner!

    Little Pig’s Rating:  Sheridan loved this!  She kept saying how good it was and she had seconds.  YAY for her finally starting to try new things!!!  Will liked it as well.  His favorite thing of mine is baked ziti though so he still likes that better.  🙂

    Stuffed Shells

    July 9, 2008 at 1:01 am | Posted in pasta, Turkey | 3 Comments

    We love Italian food.  I think we could live on that and Mexican food easily.  Of course, my waistline wouldn’t be as small so I try to limit our intake of both types.  Such a shame that everything that tastes SO good is SO bad for you!  I have been wanting to make these stuffed shells for quite some time so last week I decided to just do it and and try to make it as healthy as possible.  I found this recipe from Good Things Catered whose blog I worship.  She is fabulous.  Period.  Katie, if you are reading this, picture me bowing at your feet.  : ) 

    Here is the recipe copied from Katie’s blog – my changes in red


    1 box large pasta shells (we prefer Barilla if store-bought)
    1.5 – 2 lb. ground beef, turkey, or chicken (I used ground turkey)
    4 c. pre-made or 1 jar store bought pasta sauce
    4 c. mozzerella cheese, shredded
    1 small sweet onion, diced
    8 oz. small white mushrooms, quartered
    1 c. spinach, blanched and chopped (I omitted)
    1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed
    1 Tbsp. parsley, minced
    1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg (I omitted…not a fan of nutmeg outside of baked goods)
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. black pepper
    1 egg


    -Bring about 8 c. water to a boil and cook shells to al dente according to package instructions, reserving 1/8 cup pasta water.
    -While the pasta is cooking, place ground meat in a hot pan to brown.
    -Remove meat from pan and over medium-high heat cook onions until translucent (about 5 min).
    -Add mushrooms to begin to brown (about 2 min).
    -Add garlic and cook until just fragrant (about 30 sec).
    -Stiring constantly add reserved pasta water to pan to release all flavor/brown bits from bottom of pan.
    -Add meat back to the pan along with spinach and cook 3 min additional to reduce liquid.
    -Remove from pan and let cool completely.
    -Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    -Spray the bottoom of a large baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1 c. sauce on bottom to coat evenly.
    -Once meat mixture is cooled completely, add parsley, cayenne, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and egg and mix to combine completely.
    -Add 3 c. mozzerella and combine.
    -Stuff each shell with as much as it can hold and place into baking dish.
    -Once all shells are stuffed and set in pan, spoon extra sauce on top of each shell.
    -Cover with foil and place in oven to cook for 30 mins.
    -Remove foil, sprikle remaining 1 c. of mozzerella evenly over each shell and place back into oven, uncovered to cook for 5 min.
    -Remove from oven and serve!!

    Pig Rating:  The big liked these a lot!  He is normally not a fan of jar sauce but with it mixed in with everything in this recipe he thought these were definitely a keeper.

    Mrs. PIg Rating:  You can’t go wrong with pasta and sauce with me.  Period.  This was so yummy and it’s pretty if you ever want to impress.  : )

    Andrea’s Turkey Meatballs

    February 25, 2008 at 3:00 am | Posted in pasta, Turkey | 2 Comments

    I have to admit…normally, I am not a fan of meat, other than chicken.  The thought of a big hunk of meat is not appealing to me usually.  However, I love Italian food and I was in the mood for pasta, but something different.  So I saw these meatballs on my friend Andrea’s blog and they seemed to be pretty healthy and they looked really yummy, so I thought, why not?  I haven’t had meatballs in my spaghetti for years and the ingredients sounded really good! 

    I took out the ingredients and started mixing them all together and then got to the step where I had to actually mix with my hands.  I’m not quite so sure that it would have been THAT bad except for not only did I have to dig into raw meat, but I had to touch a raw egg mixed in with it?!  That goes way beyond my normal threshold but I was already that far into it so I just dug in.  I have to tell you….feeling all of that with my hands really nauseated me.  LOL  I truly do have a low tolerance for meat and slimy things.  Anyway…I plugged on.  My mother would be proud.  : ) 

    I did use an ice cream scoop like Andrea mentioned doing for making the meatballs all about the same size.  I threw them in the pan and let them do their thing.  These were kind of high maintenance as you have to constantly turn them to ensure that they are evenly cooked.

    I served these with my favorite spaghetti sauce (yes, I cheated and used a jar sauce…I’m lazy today) and wheat pasta.  This made about 4 servings – I have plenty for lunch this week now!  : )

    Pig Rating:  Pig is in Dubai : (

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  Okay, like I said, I wanted to hurl when touching this raw meat with the raw egg….having said that, these are really REALLY good!  I am not even a big meat fan, but these were seriously some of the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten.  I will definitely keep this recipe without a doubt.  I recommend this to anyone wanting a somewhat healthy meatball recipe. 


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