If you want to offer the kids a great alternative to the big bird this Thanksgiving, consider serving up a plate of mini turkey burgers just for them.
Catherine McCord of Weelicious not only has a great recipe, but she has great reasons for regularly making these for her kids.
“I do love a hamburger, but most of the time I prefer to make a good turkey burger for several reasons,” she says. “One, turkey meat is a lot less expensive than the high quality grass-fed beef that I would buy. Turkey is packed with nutrients: B vitamins, iron, and more zinc then chicken. It’s also known as a mood booster, which we know every little one can use now and then. Most of all, I love the flavor of turkey. It’s mild and when served with a piece of cheddar cheese melted between two slices of bread, it’s a perfect protein-packed meal.”
(Makes 12 Mini Burgers)
Prep Time: 2 mins, Cook Time: 5 mins,
1/2 pounds 7 percent fat ground turkey meat
1 tablespoon shallot, minced (you could also use onion)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon oil
1-inch slice of cheddar cheese for each burger
2 slices whole wheat bread for each burger
1. Place the turkey, shallot and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined.
2. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan with the oil.
3. Cook the burgers for 3 minutes and flip to the other side.
4. Cook the burgers an additional 2 minutes.
5. Place a slice of cheese on each burger and cover the pan for 1 minute.
6. Using a 1 inch circular cookie cutter, cut out 4 circular “buns” out of each slice of bread (I used the cap to a plastic medicine bottle-improvise!)
7. Preheat a broiler and toast until golden.
8. Serve the burgers in the “buns.”
*Holding the buns can be a tough for many toddlers. You can also just serve the burgers without the “buns” and cut the burgers into bite-sized pieces.