You can’t beat the burger cravings

Even though I try to eat healthy, there comes a time where I just crave junk food. I think it’s my body’s way of balancing everything out.

When I crave burgers, I can’t just have a pee-wee sized, dollar-menu burger. I have to have a big old burger, that’s also good for you. How’s that work?

Well, I’ll often try to get turkey or ostrich burgers, but since I have no idea where I can get a decent ostrich burger, I was forced to find the alternative.

The National Chicken Council has a recipe for a burger that, with a fruit salsa added to it, tastes just as good as a beefy burger. The salsa also adds moisture so there’s no need to add globs of ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

So if you crave a burger, but are also weight conscious, try this burger and see how you like it.

Ha-Cha-Cha! Burgers

Fruit Salsa:

1 ripe peach, peeled and diced

1 ripe nectarine, diced

2 tablespoons minced red onion

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepper

Burgers:

1 package Perdue Fresh Ground Chicken or Turkey

2 teaspoon minced garlic

11/2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

Stir together all salsa ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate.

Stir together burger ingredients in a medium bowl and form into 4 patties. Place on a lightly oiled grill and cook over medium-high direct heat for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time. Burgers are done when a meat thermometer inserted into side reaches 165 degrees or juices run clear and burgers bounce back to the touch. Serve with salsa, with or without a roll.

Makes 4 servings.

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