TURKEY BURGER ON AN EGGPLANT BUN
This is an except from The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook, copyright 2016, by Kendall Lou Schmidt
MAKES 7 PATTIES
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES, PLUS 20 MINUTES TO SOAK
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
Moist, full of flavor, and boosted with vitamins and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, these low-calorie burgers are a great way to satisfy your burger cravings. The melt-in-your mouth eggplant bun is hard to resist, but you can always go straight for the meat and enjoy the patty on its own.
Dairy-free / Low Carb / Gluten-Free / Paleo
FOR THE BURGERS
1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
3 egg whites
1⁄2 cup (1 medium) diced bell pepper
1⁄4 cup (1 medium) diced shallots
2 tablespoons milled flaxseed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
FOR THE BUNS
2 tablespoons salt
2 large eggplants, sliced into 1-inch-thick rounds
Extra-virgin olive oil spray
TO MAKE THE BUNS
1. Preheat the broiler.
2. Add the salt to a bowl large enough to fit the eggplant. Fill the bowl one-third full with water, and stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Add the eggplant to the bowl, and add more water if needed to cover it. It will float, so use a plate with something heavy on top to keep the eggplant slices submerged. Soak for 20 minutes.
3. Remove the eggplant from the salt water, and pat dry. Very lightly spray with the olive oil, and place on an oven rack or tray with vents. Allowing air to reach the bottom side will help the bottom dry out a bit faster.
4. Broil the eggplant slices 6 inches from the heat for about 5 minutes, until they are slightly browned. Flip them over, lightly oil the tops, and broil for another 5 minutes.
TO MAKE THE BURGERS
1. In a large bowl, mix to combine the turkey, egg whites, bell pepper, shallots, flaxseed, and garlic.
2. Use your hands to form 7 equal patties, and place them on a baking sheet. Broil about 8 inches from the heat until they are slightly brown, about 5 minutes. Flip over and broil for another 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Place a patty between two slices of eggplant. Serve with condiments of your choice, but keep in mind they will add calories to the dish. Try some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top for a cheesy taste, a little Dijon mustard, and some kale to add texture.
Cooking tip: You could grill the burgers if you prefer, but typically they hold together better on the baking sheet.