My husband loves turkey, I love veggies and herbs, the result? these amazingly delicious turkey burgers.
I think adding herbs to food is not only an amazing experience for the taste buds but a very healthy practice. For me herbs are life savers, right now I can’t use garlic and onions that have been staples in my cooking and the taste boosters, herbs make food a little more fun.
For these burgers I used three different herbs: parsley, cilantro and basil. Let’s talk a little about each one of them.
Parsley: Parsley is useful as a digestive aid and natural breath freshener, and contains lots of vitamin A, copper, and manganese, plus three times more vitamin C than oranges, and twice the iron than the same amount of spinach. A tea made from parsley is a traditional remedy for colic, indigestion, and intestinal gas, and as an herb helps to purify the blood. Parsley is rich in vitamin K. What this does is promote bone strength, but it also has a role in the treatment and possible prevention of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. (1)
Cilantro: Cilantro is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and the caloric value is nearly nonexistent. It is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Just a ¼ cup of fresh cilantro provides 270 IU of Vitamin A, and 16% of the daily value recommended of vitamin K. Cilantro rids the body of heavy metals, protects against oxidative stress through its high antioxidant effects, lowers anxiety and improves sleep through its natural sedative effects. (2)
Basil: Flavonoids found in basil provide protection at the cellular level. Basil protects cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage. In addition, basil has been shown to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth. These anti-bacterial properties of basil are not associated with its unique flavonoids, but instead with its volatile oils. (3)
Now that you know all the amazing health benefits of the herbs in this herbed turkey burgers, you can feel amazing eating it them. I added some acorn squash to the mix, just because I love to boost the veggie content of foods.
I served them with my favorite source of healthy fats, avocado, kale and celery root fries. Yummy.
- 2 L. ground turkey
- 1/2 C shredded acorn squash
- 1 C. chopped parsley
- 1 C. chopped cilantro
- 1/2 C. chopped basil
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven 375
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a large bowl mix all ingredients. Form into eight burger.
- Place burgers on prepared sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
- You can freeze them for future use.