Go Healthy With Grilled Herb Burgers

BBQ, grilling, recipes, burgersTrying to reduce the amount of fat in your diet but have a hankering for juicy, grilled burgers? Try this recipe, which combines ground turkey and lean ground beef. It features an array of spices designed to enhance the flavor of the burgers and you can add your own to create a distinct taste. Each serving has just 381 calories, 114 milligrams of cholesterol, and 16 grams of fat, six of which are saturated fats. Grilling for the waistline has never been so easy!


  • 1 pound ground turkey, uncooked
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 16 slices of tomato
  • 2/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano or basil, snipped or 2 tablespoons dried oregano or basil, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ciabatta rolls, split
  • Fresh sprigs of basil or oregano (optional)

Step 1: Combine the parmesan cheese, egg, onion, ketchup, salt, pepper, garlic, and snipped oregano or basil in a large bowl. Add the ground turkey and ground beef and mix all ingredients well. Shape the mixture into 8 patties, each ¾-inch thick.

Step 2: Coat the grill rack with non-stick cooking spray and heat grill to medium temperature. Place the patties on the rack directly over the coals. Grill until meat is no longer pink and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately 14 to 18 minutes. Turn patties once halfway through grilling time.

Step 3: Lightly toast the ciabatta rolls indirectly on a grill rack.

Step 4: Place one burger on the bottom portion of each ciabatta roll, top with two slices of tomato, and add basil or oregano sprigs, if desired, before covering with the top portion of each roll.

*Photo Courtesy of Don LaVange via Creative Commons License


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