Turkey bayou burgers

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Ground turkey
2 \N Scallions (3\" of green left on), thinly sliced
1 \N Red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon Minced garlic
2 tablespoons Chopped cilantro
¾ teaspoon Dried thyme
½ teaspoon Ground cumin
½ teaspoon Paprika
\N \N Red pepper flakes, to taste
\N \N Salt, to taste
\N \N Black pepper, to taste
4 \N Toasted hamburger buns
¼ cup Regular or reduced-calorie mayonnaise-type dressing, for garnish (opt)
1 small Ripe avacado, sliced, for garnish (opt)

It's necessary to highly season turkey because the meat itself tastes rather mild. Yet, once ground turkey is cooked up, it's delicious. To do a taste test on the mixture, make a little patty the size of a silver dollar and pan-fry it in a nonstick skillet. This way you can adjust your seasonings to taste. A mayonnaise-type dressing and avacado make perfect toppings.

1. Prepare hot coals for grilling.

2. Place the ground turkey in a bowl and mix well with the scallions, bell pepper, garlic, cilantro and spices. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently form into 4 patties.

3. Grill patties over hot coals, 3" from heat, for about 5-6 minutes per side.

4. If desired, spread buns with mayonnaise-type dressing and top burgers with avacado slices. Serve immediately.

Per serving (with avacado slices and reduced-calorie mayonnaise-type dressing): 346 calories, 13 grams fat, 62 milligrams cholesterol.

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