Saturday, 30 July 2011

Turkey Burgers with Pear Salad

Are you ready for... the Umami Burger?!

It's a meat burger with beautiful Vietnamese flavours. The original recipe can be found here, and I've modified it o make it more BTD friendly. This is not a 100% compliant burger because of the fish sauce (anchovies), but it just tastes so darn good that I can overlook the small deviation from the diet.

As for the original recipe from, I'm not keen on sauces with meat, so I made a pear fruit salad, which really involved grilling pears and pineapple and adding them to a salad of tossed greens and some walnuts.

Ingredients - Burger

  • 2 lbs ground turkey (mixed breast and thigh)
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp honey or agave
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions - Burger

  1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit for at least 20 mins. The longer, the better.
  2. Form into patties and grill. I grill mine for about 10 mins per side.
  3. Serve with salad. What salad? This salad!

Ingredients - Salad

  •  2 pears, chopped into large chunks
  • 1/2 a pineapple, chopped into large chunks
  • small handful of basil and parsley, minced
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • skewers for grilling

Directions - salad

  1.  Combine all ingredients together (except skewers) and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Thread the fruit onto skewers and cook on the grill with your burgers.
  3. Combine the grilled fruit with mixed greens, lemon juice and olive oil. Top with walnuts for some crunch. 

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