This Turkey Quinoa Burger with fresh goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes is healthier burger with a little flare. The creamy fresh goat cheese adds such an unique flavor and the sun-dried tomatoes gives it that hint of summer. Ahh, Summer! My trip to Hawaii this winter was definitely a tease for warm weather. The last month here in Colorado has been rainy and cold. I’ve been kicking myself for leaving the 70 degrees and beaches of Hawaii everyday. But the warm weather of summer is slowly arriving and Colorado offers the most beautiful summers. I think I’ve been getting a bit antsy for it.
I did start my balcony garden. I’m going to give another try this year. Hoping I can battle off any invaders. Last year I encountered whiteflies (they destroyed the peppers), powdery mild (took over the cucumbers and started eyeing the zucchini) and cabbage worms (that killed my Brussels sprouts), not to mention the hail and wind from thunderstorms. I’m still surprise I got any veggies at all. This year I’ve decided to keep it small and planted only lettuce, french green beans and mini cucumbers. The zucchini last year did very well and took over the balcony, but broke during a thunderstorm in late summer. Quite the disappointment since it was going to produce about 10-12 zucchinis. Well, wish me luck this year. I’m armed and ready now!
What are you planting in your garden this year?
- 1 pound lean ground turkey (or chicken)
- ¾ cup quinoa, cooked
- ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoon olive oil (used for pan)
- In a large mixing bowl, place all ingredients except olive oil.
- Using your hands, mix until well combined.
- Divide mixture into four equal parts and by using a burger press or hands, shape into patty form.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil.
- Add the patties and cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Flip the patties and cook for another 5-6 minutes, or until patties are cooked all the through.
- Serve on a gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap with your favorite toppings.