Burgers are a great lunch or dinner and these Quinoa Spiced Turkey Burgers are no exception. We love turkey in this house and we don’t just eat it at Christmas. It’s a lean meat which is delicious. We feel it should be eaten a lot more during the year. The meat we buy is from our local organic butchers, Frenchs.
Turkeys that are organic are free range and they have a better quality of life. They have more space available to exercise, explore and behave naturally. In this environment they have a better quality of life and they are less stressed.
Organic turkeys are often slow growing breds and these turkeys live up to 5 months. They have at least 10 square metres of space each and there are fewer birds housed per shed. In fact they have small movable houses that are often used. Shelter is often provided by trees and shrubs on the outside farm.
We eat this meal with purple sweet potato chips and homemade beans. It was a lovely meal on a cold winters day and I would highly recommend having it with beans. The burgers are really simple to prepare and take only thirty minutes in the oven. So an easy meal that is yummy too.
- Small saucepan
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Large mixing bowl
- Baking Tray
- Minced turkey (preferably organic) x 500g
- Quinoa x 50g (cooked)
- Leek x 1 small
- Yellow pepper x 1
- Herbs du provence or mixed herbs x 1 tsp
- Cayenne pepper x 1/4 – 1/2 tsp
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 180° and put the baking tray in to heat.
- Put water into the small saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Add the quinoa to the boiling water and leave to simmer for about 30 minutes.
- When cooked leave to one side.
- Next slice the leek as thinly as possible and chop the yellow pepper.
- In the mixing bowl add the turkey, quinoa, leek and yellow pepper.
- Then add the cayenne pepper and herbs du provence.
- Mix all these ingredients together in the bowl.
- Take a piece of the mixture and make into a burger.
- Repeat with the rest of the mix three times, making sure the mix is evenly divided.
- Remove the baking tray, add a drizzle of olive oil, spread evenly across the bottom of the tray and add the burgers.
- Place the tray back into the oven and cook for 25 – 30 minutes.
Turkey is normally quite dry but the quinoa in these burgers make it quite moist. As I mentioned earlier we enjoyed these with chips and beans. They are delicious in winter but these burgers are great with a salad and new potatoes in the summer. Turkey burgers also make a great packed lunch. They can be sliced and put into a wrap or just simply eaten in a burger bun. Yummy delicious however you decided to eat them. If you do make this meal, as always, please enjoy.