Turkey Avocado Parmesan Burgers {Gluten Free}

This past weekend, my dad came to visit me in Washington, DC. Not only did we venture out to a great, unique Thai restaurant, I also made him a little homemade dinner one night. Yummy burgers! They were gluten free of course. But, so great and moist.

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Who does not love fresh avocados and Parmesan? I found a little gem recipe on Pinterest and created a fresh, healthy alternative to a juicy, greasy burger. And, drum roll please – my dad actually liked it!

These sweet little burgers are great. You can make them in no time at all. The ingredients are simple and it takes like 5 minutes to make your patties. Use the grill or a stovetop. I used a stovetop, because; unfortunately don’t have a backyard for a grill. But, we got to enjoy the outdoor balcony while dining.

You will need: 1 pound ground turkey (or chicken), ½ chopped yellow onion, 1 mashed ripe avocado, 2 tbsp. garlic powder, ½ cup fresh grated parmesan, salt and pepper and (this is optional) some gluten free bread crumbs.

I needed the bread crumbs to use as a binding agent, because turkey does not hold together as well as ground beef…etc.

All you need to do is dump the ground turkey (thawed out, if frozen) into a mixing bowl. Chop your onions up in tiny pieces and add them to the meat mixture. Then add chunks of chopped avocado to your mixture as well. Use a fork to mash up the blend.

Sprinkle in the garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and mix these in again. Use your hands to make little round hamburger patties.

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Set the oven stovetop to high and spray a big cooking pan with some cooking spray. Slowly add your patties to the hot pan and cook for about 8 minutes on each side (or until lightly brown). You want to make sure the patty is cooked all the way through.

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After your patties are done – add them to a gluten free hamburger bun with all the fixings. And enjoy your little slice of gluten free summer heaven! You can also pair this meal with a great glass of Red Zinfandel and a homemade salad!


Gluten Free Turkey Cheeseburger Soup

ImageWarning before you read this – I cannot guarantee that this soup is low fat. However, it’s gluten free, creamy and will warm your tummy on those cold winter nights.

As soon as I read the name of this soup on ‘Buns in my Oven’s’ blog – I knew I had to make this. I mean, who does not love meat, cheese, garlic and potatoes? But, in a warm soup – wow, I was in heaven! This was easy and fun to make. I slightly modified the recipe to make it gluten free.

The man in your life will love this – 100% guaranteed. It’s like a burger but in soup form. Yum, my mouth is watering just typing about this lovely, little dish.

You will need: 1 pound ground lean turkey, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons butter (or use olive oil), 2 chopped garlic cloves, ½ small chopped onion, 1 tbsp dry or fresh chopped basil, 3 cups gluten free chicken broth, 5 sliced red potatoes, 1/3 cup all-purpose gluten free flour, 2 cups skim milk and 8 ounces sharp cheddar (sliced into small cubes).

You will also want to make croutons to place on top of the piping hot soup – after it’s done. You can read that recipe for gluten free garlic croutons, here.

First, brown your meat in a dense soup bowl on the stove. After that is done, drain excess water – and set aside in a separate bowl. soup cheese 2

In the same pot (make sure the meat has been emptied), throw a 1 tbsp of butter, onions and garlic. Sauté these for a little bit. Then pour in the 3 cups of chicken broth. Add in the basil pieces and sliced red potatoes. Let this cook for about 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are soft.

In a bowl, whisk the milk and gluten free flour together. Make sure there are no clumps. In a separate pan on the oven– add in the 2 additional tbsp of butter. Then pour your milky mixture over the hot butter and whisk for about 2 minutes.

Pour in the milk mixture to the soup mixture. Stir up thoroughly. Take the cubed, sliced yellow cheese and add in slowly to the soup pot. It will look very creamy and good. Then, lastly – pour in your turkey meat. I also added a dash of red pepper – for taste.

Top off the bowl with garlic, gluten free croutons. Yum. Dinner is served.