California Turkey Burgers and A Breakthrough

lilah chopping scallions

Ahhh, the weather was SO beautiful in Boston on Friday night.  Breezy, not too hot, low humidity - it screamed out for another dinner on the patio.  D. came home early and fired up the charcoal grill, and L. and I got to work in the kitchen. 

That's where the breakthrough comes in.  Those of you who know me off-blog know that I've cooked with L. since she was 2.  It was mostly a labor of love for me - often frustrating, but I kept at it.  She loved "helping" me out in the kitchen, and I was hopeful that someday, it'd start to pay off and we could work together and enjoy each other's company while cooking at the same time.  After years of waiting (my baby turns 7 in a week) I'm pleased to report that L's turned a corner in the kitchen - she is now a bona fide sous chef.  Yes, that's right; she's now not only willing, but actually helpful in the kitchen! That's her up there, chopping scallions. 

The other night she suggested we make fettuccine carbonara – and she actually separated eggs all by herself. 

Lilah separating eggs

I did other stuff while she prepped, stirred, measured and combined . . . amazing and fun for both of us.  And the results were delicious.

fettuccine carbonara

Anyway, back to the Friday night burgers.  These were a snap to throw together and very tasty, unlike some turkey burgers.  Fire up the grill or fry ‘em up in a pan – either way they’ll take you under 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

California Turkey Burgers (adapted from Fitness Magazine)

1/2 c. minced scallions
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 T. Non-fat Greek yogurt
4 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 lbs. Ground turkey breast meat
1/4 c. Bread crumbs (preferably whole wheat)


Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix with hands, being careful not to overwork the mixture.  Shape into 6 patties and cook until cooked through the middle, about 5 min. each side.

Serve with:

4 oz. Bleu cheese, crumbled
6 Hamburger buns, split (they aren't whole grain or even healthy, but I think Martin's potato rolls are the best carby splurge ever)
2 Ripe tomatoes, sliced
1Ripe avocado, sliced
1/2 Medium red onion, thinly sliced


Serves 6.