Monday, March 4, 2013

Turkey Burger & Ranch Roasted Potatoes

So I really have to thank Smells Like Home and Pinterest for changing my life on this one. It seems pretty dramatic to say "changing my life" but I now know how to make a turkey burger that is juicy and delicious!!!! Seriously - how awesome is that?!!!

I also had help for dinner from LaaLoosh with some potatoes (more on that later)...first the burger!


Tara has a recipe up for a BBQ Chicken Burger - well as it often happens with me - I'm missing some ingredients or need to change things up a bit - but she gave me the base for my fantastic turkey burger! 

Ground turkey is typically flavorless and dry - but oh so much healthier than ground beef - so finally finding a mixture that really adds flavor and juiciness was fantastic! 

Crazy Juicy Flavorful Turkey Burgers!
  • 1 lb ground turkey (breast if you can just get that)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 packet ranch seasoning
  • 5 tbsp bbq sauce (homemade or store-bought), divided

Mix everything except for 3 Tbsp of the BBQ sauce together in a bowl. Heat your grill pan and spray with cooking spray. Divide the turkey mixture into 4 big burgers and grill on medium heat. While the burgers are grilling, baste with the remaining bbq sauce!  
Now for the potatoes - I'm always in search of some creative Weight Watchers recipes that are simple! This was definitely that. These Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes were quick and simple and only 2 pts per serving. 
Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes (from LaaLoosh.com)
  • 12 oz red potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Dry Mix
  • Non fat, olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl add potatoes and spray lightly with the cooking spray. Then, add in the Ranch mix and salt, and toss well to coat each potato piece evenly.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and spread out potatoes evenly on sheet.
  4. Bake in oven until potatoes are cooked through, and edges start to turn very dark brown, approximately 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately.

I had a pretty big packet of ranch seasoning and probably not 12 oz of potatoes - so I took the leftover ranch and threw it in with the burger mix. It definitely was a good addition! I realized just throwing in some spices and a little bbq sauce really adds a lot of flavor to what can be a pretty dull burger! 

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