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Keto Chipotle Lime Turkey Burgers

Published September 26, 2018 (Revised: October 09, 2019)
Kate Sullivan

Written By: Kate Sullivan, MS

Kate holds a MS in Business Psychology and is currently a PHD researcher in Well-Being and Performance Psychology.

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Cook burgers for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F." }, { "@type": "HowToStep", "text": "Alternatively, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and pan-fry the burgers for 5 minutes per side, to a temperature of 165F." }, { "@type": "HowToStep", "text": "Place each burger into a lettuce leaf wrap or some keto-friendly buns, add desired toppings, and enjoy!" } ] }, </script> <article> <div> <ul> <li><a href="#section1">Is Turkey Good on Keto?</a></li> <li><a href="#section2">How Healthy Is a Turkey Burger?</a></li> <li><a href="#section3">What’s the Best Way to Cook a Turkey Burger?</a></li> <li><a href="#section4">Chipotle Lime Turkey Burgers</a></li> </ul> </div> <section> <p>A good burger is moist and flavorful, with a nicely seared outside and a juicy inside. It makes you crave one more bite---then another and another. But ‘burgers aren’t a part of a healthy balanced diet’---right?</p> <p>Wrong! By using lean, low-carb ground turkey and some serious flavor boosters in the form of citrus and spice, you can create a drool-worthy turkey burger in a flash. Best of all, these won’t derail your diet, whether you’re counting calories or checking your <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/why-you-should-be-calculating-your-macros" rel="noreferrer">keto macros</a>!</p> <h2 id="section1">Is Turkey Good on Keto?</h2> <p>Turkey is a solid addition to any keto eating plan, as it provides a good balance of protein and healthy fats. Turkey has 0 grams of net carbs per serving and lower levels of saturated fat than ground beef. Plus, most of the fat in turkey is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, which can actually help protect against heart disease<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021915002000333" rel="nofollow noreferrer">1</a></sup></p> <p>So go ahead and gobble some up!</p> <h2 id="section2">How Healthy Is a Turkey Burger?</h2> <p>Turkey burgers are a great source of lean protein, packed with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals. If you’re keeping an eye on calories, a plain 4-ounce turkey burger made from standard ground turkey (a mix of light and dark meat) may be a better option than a beef burger. The turkey burger has 170 calories compared to the beef burger’s 225 calories.</p> <p>The turkey burger also boasts 10 grams of fat (3 saturated) and 21 grams of protein, making it a reasonable option for many diet plans<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172850/nutrients" rel="nofollow noreferrer">2</a></sup></p> <p>Ground turkey also contains selenium, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and zinc. Getting enough selenium in your diet may help prevent some cancers<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4726178/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">3</a></sup> and support good thyroid function<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/thy.2009.0351" rel="nofollow noreferrer">4</a></sup>. So the occasional turkey burger may help you live a healthier life!</p> <h2 id="section3">What’s the Best Way to Cook a Turkey Burger?</h2> <p>You can cook turkey burgers in the oven, under the broiler, on the grill, or in a skillet on the stovetop. All methods yield a wonderfully flavorful, juicy burger if you use medium to medium-high heat and flip your burger halfway. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure to include flavorful, moisture-adding mix-ins like Worcestershire sauce or grated zucchini when creating your burger patties, as ground turkey can dry out.</p> <p>Whether you’re cooking on the grill or pan-frying your turkey burger, you want to be sure it’s cooked through. Unlike beef burgers, which many people enjoy medium-rare, turkey burgers should be cooked more fully—to medium-well or even well done. According to the USDA, ground turkey can occasionally harbor bacteria, and cooking it through can prevent you from getting sick from eating an underdone burger<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/safe-minimum-internal-temperature-chart/ct_index" rel="nofollow noreferrer">5</a></sup>.</p> <p>Depending on the thickness of your turkey burger, the cooking times will vary. It’s best to use an instant read thermometer and cook to an internal temperature of 165F. This will usually take about 5 minutes per side over medium-high heat on the stovetop (a total of 10 minutes) or 5-8 minutes per side on a medium grill (10-12 minutes total).</p> </section> <hr class="divider-15 divider-thick mx-auto"> <section class="recipe" id="section4"> <h2 itemprop="name">Chipotle Lime Turkey Burgers</h2> <div class="prep"> <span> <meta itemprop="prepTime" content="PT5M">Prep Time: 5 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="cookTime" content="PT10M">Cooking Time: 10 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="recipeYield">Serves: 4</span> </div> <h3>Ingredients:</h3> <ul class="ingredients no-bullet"> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (about ½ bunch)</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 lime, zested and juiced (about 1 teaspoon each lime zest and juice)</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon garlic powder</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ teaspoon salt</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ teaspoon black pepper</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 ½ pounds ground turkey</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">Lettuce to serve</li> </ul> <i>Optional toppings:</i> <ul class="ingredients no-bullet"> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">Mayo</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">Sliced tomato</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">Red onion</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">Avocado</li> </ul> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium"> <h3>Instructions:</h3> <ol itemprop="recipeInstructions"> <li>In a large bowl, mix the cilantro, lime juice and zest, garlic powder, chopped chipotle, and salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.</li> <li>Add the ground turkey to the bowl. Using your hands, mix until ingredients are well combined.</li> <li>Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal portions.</li> <li>Press your thumb into the center of each patty to form a small indentation. This will prevent your burger from doming when cooked.</li> <li>Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat (about 450F). Cook burgers for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F. </li> <li>Alternatively, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and pan-fry the burgers for 5 minutes per side, to a temperature of 165F.</li> <li>Place each burger into a lettuce leaf wrap or some keto-friendly buns, add desired toppings, and enjoy!</li> </ol> </section> </article>
Nutrition Facts

Serves 1


Calories

345


Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

19g

Sodium

556mg

Carbohydrate

3.2g

Sugar

0.6g

Dietary Fiber

1.3g

Protein

4 7.2g


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Serves 1


Calories

345


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

19g

Sodium

556mg

Carbohydrate

3.2g

Sugar

0.6g

Dietary Fiber

1.3g

Protein

4 7.2g

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