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The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce

By Leigh Sackett

My friend Nicole gave me this recipe. She said it is FABULOUS! It is a great healthy option for that Labor Day cookout. In fact, Nicole and I are going to have these burgers at her house on Labor Day! As much as I love bad food, it sure feels great to eat healthy. There are many temptations out there in the world but just as much inspiration. As with all things that are healthy for us (not just for the body but the heart, mind and soul) we have to make the intentional decision to live that way each day. It never stops – it is an everyday battle. Nicole is not only healthy, she is also quite funny. She reminded me recently how we are just a few chromosomes away from being wild animals, but we have been given this other worldly (relative to animals) “spark in the heart.” We laughed at this as we discussed our shortcomings but when you think of all the human struggles it is a wonder that we humans have made it this far. Well that is grace for you – God seems to want us to stick around. But Nicole is one disciplined animal, she has not had a REAL potato chip in MONTHS and she looks great. So I will have what she is having…A TURKEY BURGER WITH SPECIAL SAUCE! Thanks Nicole for your inspiration and your wonderful accepting friendship for an animal such as I.

1/4  cup  chopped green onions

2  tablespoons  fresh orange juice

1  tablespoon  low-sodium soy sauce

1  teaspoon  finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

1  garlic clove, minced

1  pound  ground turkey breast

Cooking spray

1/2  cup  Special Sauce

4  (1 1/2-ounce) whole wheat hamburger buns

4  curly leaf lettuce leaves

-Prepare grill.

-Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to make the special sauce.

-Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty.

-Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done.

-Spread 2 tablespoons Special Sauce over top half of each bun.

-Place lettuce leaves on bottom halves of buns; top each with 1 patty and top half of bun. Cut each burger in half.

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