Saturday, February 28, 2009

Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo

I've taken a little gardening indoors this winter thanks to a recent purchase of an AeroGarden. It's a hydroponic garden that grows plants under perfect conditions ( I planted an herb garden on Jan. 29 and have already started harvesting some basil. I'm growing Italian basil, purple basil, mint, dill, thyme, parsley and chives. You can see in the photo above how much faster the two varieties of basil are growing. That's why I decided to incorporate some basil into a recent recipe for Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo. I found out it didn't taken much basil because this stuff is so potent (in a good way).

Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo (Vegan)
Serves 4

Ingredients for burgers:
1 pound turkey burger (I use the 99 percent fat-free kind.)
1/2 cup torn basil leaves (or less if you pick them right out of the garden)
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
1 T. olive oil
gluten-free buns or bread optional

Ingredients for grilled veggies:
Salt, pepper to taste
1 T. olive oil
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 large green zucchini (peeled and cut into thick slices)
1 medium tomato (cut into thick slices)
1 sliced red onion
1/2 T. lemon juice

Ingredients for Basil Vegan Mayo:
1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise (Follow Your Heart brand)
2 basil leaves finely chopped (or 1 tsp. dried basil)

Preheat a grill pan (or use a grill or the broiler of your oven). Mix turkey burger with basil leaves, olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper. Shape into four patties, refrigerate until grilling after other food items under way. When ready to cook, place in the grill pan (or other cooking device of choice) for about 10-12 minutes, depending on size of patties.

Prepare the veggies. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and vinegar. Cook on a grill or under the broiler. Turn them frequently and cook until veggies are tender and browned on both sides.

Mix the basil mayo in a small bowl with a spoon. To assemble the burgers, place burgers between grilled veggies and top with a dollop of basil mayo. Use a bun if desired. Serve oven-roasted sweet potatoes on the side.

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