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French Onion Turkey Burgers

I had a life-changing moment, recently. In a split-second, my entire life was changed forever. For the first time in years,  I weighed myself. I was horrified at the number staring back at me.  Seriously!! Are you kidding me?!  Maybe the scale was broken. I stepped off and tried it again - same number.  I gave it another shot - same number. That is when I had my  ah ha moment, as Oprah would call it. My inner fat chick died right then and there. In the past, my inner fat chick would have said, " OK, tomorrow you are going on a (pick one - I have tried them all)  low carb diet, cabbage soup diet, juice cleanse,  sugar- free diet,  starvation diet,  liquid diet, a food combining diet, so that means you need to go on an  inhale- everything- you- can- get- your- hands-on-while-you-have-the-chance-pig-out tonight. You can see why I really needed to get rid of her.

I am now trying to make small, healthy changes to my diet. I am finally beginning to learn the meaning to the word moderation. I am filling myself up on tons of fresh fruits and veggies. I am drinking lots of water and herbal tea. I am exercising everyday.  I am watching my portion sizes. I am making smart choices. I am cooking delicious, healthy,  satisfying meals , without sacrificing any flavour. I am not depriving myself, ever again! I am taking control of my life, and it feels amazing!









 I am finally beginning to realize that eating healthy doesn't mean you have to give up flavour. Case in point -healthy turkey burgers that taste just like a bowl of comforting French Onion soup. These burgers are amazing. Turkey burgers can be really dry, but the caramelized onion and cheese keep these really moist. Caramelizing the onions is a bit time-consuming - they will take about an hour, but it is sooo worth it.







French Onion Turkey Burgers
(serves 4)

3 large onions, sliced thinly in half moons
a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
olive oil and butter for cooking
1 oz. cognac

1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1Tbsp. Dijon mustard
about 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese,divided
salt and pepper, to taste
4 high fiber, 100 calorie, extra- thin buns

Heat a little olive oil and butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, thyme and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook the onions until softened and deep brown in colour. I cover with a lid for the first half of the cooking. Don't go too far away, these will need to be stirred every few minutes, especially toward the end of the cooking process. De glaze the pan with the cognac, cook until liquid is evaporated. Let cool.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine, turkey, onions, Dijon, Worcestershire, 1/2 cup of Gruyere, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until cooked through and temperature is 165 F in the center, about 20 minutes, flip once during cooking. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the split buns. Heat in oven until the cheese is melted.


Tags: Caramelized Onions, Turkey, Burgers, Main

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