Season Opener Turkey Burgers

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Season Opener Turkey Burgers

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“Football season”: an excuse for why people can’t eat healthy.  It’s just too hard.  There’s too much to drink, and too much unhealthy food, and too little self control.

However, even in the midst of all that, it’s a personal decision, just like everything else.  I think the key is to realize that the tough part is actually just consciously making the choice to do your own thing.  Otherwise, you spend the whole time bemoaning how delicious everything looks and wondering if it’s really a big deal to just eat a few chips or whatever it might be.  Once you make a choice and act on it the agony of uncertainty and indecisiveness kind of goes away.

First of all, grilling is totally paleo friendly and sometimes all you have to do is make sure you bring a few snacks and sides in a little personal cooler.  A fruit salad you make the night before, baby carrots, some almonds… Second of all, if you ask around there is usually somebody who will be more than happy to eat the same thing you are so you’re not totally on your own- even if they aren’t eating “paleo”.  I mean, unless the people grilling food at your tailgate are doing something totally crazy, you can always just eat burgers like everybody else minus the bun.  This is not difficult.

The drinking part? This can definitely be tough, especially during football season.  Again, this is a personal choice.  If you ask 100 people who follow a paleo or palealmost lifestyle, you’re going to get 100 different answers about what is ok and what’s not.  Personally, I almost never drink during the week and even on a typical weekend it is fairly minimal, but there are definitely times where I throw my diet out the window and fully embrace a 6 pack.  However, I’m definitely more of a wine person.  I would drink it even if it had grain and gluten and all kinds of other baddies, but the gods are kind and most wine is in fact grain free and gluten free, and that’s more than good enough for me.  When I go out to bars and clubs I tend to just stick with a vodka water to keep things simple.  If you want to stay gluten free there are a few solid options, though it is up to you to verify whether the brand you’re wondering about is gluten free or not.  There are potato vodkas and even grape based vodkas, like Ciroc.  Rums are naturally gluten free, but watch out for “added flavors”.  For “paleo” margaritas, Jose Cuervo Gold is a good gluten free tequila.  It is also safe to say that sticking with white, clear liquors is your best bet for avoiding impurities and additives, though again, make sure to do your own research.

All that being said, on to the good stuff! This weekend, we actually spent quite a bit of time cooking and did pretty well, besides the party bus and boat party… but I’m gonna let that one go. Haha.  This recipe for grilled turkey burgers is from Matt (@fedoruh on Instagram), my gracious host this weekend in Austin, as well as grill master and chief mixologist.  We served ours with sweet potato fries, and chipotle mayo.

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Season Opener Turkey Burgers

season opener turkey burgers

By Published: September 4, 2012

  • Yield: 8-10 burgers (8-10 Servings)
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Ready In: 18 mins

Grilled turkey burgers are low fat and tasty, especially when generously drizzled with chipotle mayo and served with some grilled red bell pepper.



  1. Add all seasonings to a bowl with ground turkey and mix well.
  2. Using your hands, form handfuls of ground turkey into rounded patties, approximately 1-1.5in thick, and lightly brush the sides with olive oil.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  4. Put red bell peppers on the grill, skin side down, and turkey burgers.
  5. Grill for approximately 4 minutes, flip burgers, and grill for 4 more minutes (internal meat temperature must reach 165°F). Only flip once! Remove from grill to a plate when done.
  6. Once burgers are done, visually check red bell peppers and remove when they have been roasted to your liking.
  7. Plate each turkey burger onto a leaf of butter lettuce, top with a red bell pepper quarter, and drizzle with chipotle mayo.

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