Summer BBQ Classics Reinvented

Have you ever met somebody who doesn’t like a good BBQ? This summer we are serving up some different takes on traditional BBQ dishes. If you want to be the BBQ king or queen of your neighbourhood this summer, check out these secrets for spicing up the summer classics. We’ll run a new recipe each month during the summer so you’ll always have something new to share with your family and friends.

This month we’ll show you how to make a healthy and tasty alternative to the traditional hamburger, with a beautiful side of crispy fries. We found this recipe here, but we’ll keep that our little secret.

The secret to this great dish is in 2 simple substitutions. We are going to substitute ground turkey meat for ground beef and sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. When this recipe is done right, you get the great taste of a traditional burgers and fries, but as a much healthier alternative.

First, gather the ingredients you’ll need:

3 large sweet potatoes (unpeeled), cut into 1/2-inch wide strips
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp (1 mL) Tex-Mex spice (you can buy this at the grocery store, or make your own by following this easy recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/tex-mex-spice-mix-143458)
500 grams ground turkey
6 whole-grain hamburger buns
1 avocado, sliced
Tomato salsa

How to prepare…

Preheat your oven to 400 °F. Put the potato strips, two egg whites and a pinch of Tex-Mex spice in a container with a lid. Shake them up and make sure that you evenly coat the potatoes. What are you doing putting egg whites on potatoes? This will give your sweet potatoes the crispiness you expect from regular fries but without the deep fryer.

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with oil and spread the strips in a single layer.

Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and crispy.

At this point, it’s time to start the BBQ so that it’s nice and hot when you start grilling.

Now that the sweet potatoes are baking, it’s time to move on to the burgers. In a medium bowl, mix turkey plus remaining egg whites and Tex-Mex spice. Use mixture to form six patties. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your burgers come out looking uniformly beautiful like they do at the butcher shop, wonder no more. The secret is to use a lid from a jar. You simply wrap the underside of the lid in plastic wrap and then form the patty by placing the meat in the open side of the lid. Brilliant!

Next, place the burgers on the grill. If you want to get those famous square grill marks on your burgers, give them a half turn after about 30 seconds. Grill for about 3-4 minutes per side or until they are done to your liking. The recommended internal temperature for cooking ground turkey is 170 °F (see http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipes/cooking-tips/perfect-burger-jun06_2 for the temperatures for ground meats).

Place each patty on a bun and top with avocado slices and salsa if desired. Serve with a side of fries.

What is the best burger that you’ve ever tasted? We’d love to hear your secrets in the comments. Maybe your recipe will be featured in the next month’s newsletter!

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Sue Augustyniak June 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

sounds very bland…what spices do you add…health is health…but come on…I rather eat the bad portion with some zing to it than this…thanx for listening

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