Football season is finally here again! Pigskin action would not be complete without some mouthwatering burgers. However, many football fans are watching their waistlines so beef may not be their friend. Using ground turkey and pork to make the burgers cuts both fat and calories. When preparing the grilling menu for your next tailgate, replace beef burgers with these leaner and equally delicious turkey and pork burgers. Each burger has 430 calories and just six grams of saturated fat, while providing 30 grams of protein. Your guests will thank you for the dietary consideration when they are still able to fit into their pants at the end of the game!
You will need:
• 1 ½ pounds ground turkey, uncooked
• 1 tomato (1 cup), chopped
• 1 medium onion, chopped finely
• ½ pound bulk pork sausage
• ¼ cup salsa
• ¼ cup (2) jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped finely
• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• 6 hamburger buns (split and toast, if desired)
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin
• ¼ teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• Small bowl with lid
• Large bowl
• Instant-read meat thermometer
Step 1: Prepare the salsa topping by combining the salsa, jalapenos, tomatoes, and ¼ cup chopped onion in the small bowl. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Step 2: Combine the pork sausage, turkey, pepper, salt, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining ¾ cup of onions in the larger bowl. Shape this mixture into six patties that are each ¾-inch thick.
Step 3: Adjust the grill temperature to medium. Put the patties on the grill rack and grill until the thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted in the center of each patty, turning one time halfway through grilling. Total grill time should be between 14 and 18 minutes. The hamburger buns can be lightly toasted by grilling them on indirect heat during the last few minutes of burger cooking time.
Step 4: Remove cooked patties from the grill. Place a patty on the bottom portion of each hamburger bun. Top each patty with salsa. Add the top bun to each patty and serve.
Chef note: Hot peppers such as jalapenos contain oils that could burn the eyes and skin. When preparing these, wear rubber or plastic gloves and avoid making direct contact with the peppers. If peppers are touched with bare hands, immediately wash hands thoroughly.