''Jerk'' Turkey Burgers

''Jerk'' Turkey Burgers

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1993

Jamaican “jerk” seasonings transform a humble ground turkey patty into a lively summer burger.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ⅓ cup couscous
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper, ( ½ medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces ground turkey
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns or English muffins, split and toasted
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 lettuce leaves


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  1. Combine couscous and water in a small bowl; let stand for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the couscous is tender and the water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small nonstick skillet over low heat. Add bell pepper, garlic, thyme, curry powder, cumin, allspice, ginger, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Cook, stirring, until the bell pepper is slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Prepare a grill or preheat the broiler.
  4. Combine turkey, the couscous and the bell-pepper mixture in a medium-sized bowl; mix thoroughly but lightly. Shape into four ¾-inch-thick patties. If using the grill, oil the grill rack (see Tip) or oil the broiler pan. Grill or broil the patties until browned and no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes per side. Place on buns (or English muffins) and garnish with tomato slices and lettuce leaves.
  • To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 316 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 7 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 32 mcg folate; 34 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1,105 IU vitamin A; 32 mg vitamin C; 66 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 569 mg sodium; 256 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (53% daily value), Vitamin A (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2½ starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 2

May 31, 2011
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By: Granny48
Yummy!! These truned out awesome. They were flavorful and moist. The couscous I had on hand was flavored, so that added a little extra flavor. I will definitely make again.
August 24, 2010
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By: nancy
I still have this issue of Eating Well, this is a fabulous turkey burger recipe!!!! My favorite yet! Try it!
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