Island Burgers

The sweetness of the papaya salsa is the perfect complement to the spicy peppers of this healthy twist on a Jamaican Jerk Burger!

1 pound of ground turkey (or chicken) breast
1 garlic clove, minced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1-inch ginger root, grated
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, a few sprigs, leaves stripped and chopped
1 teaspoon allspice, eyeball the amount
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated or ground
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Coarse salt
1 ripe lime, juiced
4 bib or green leaf lettuce leaves

Papaya Salsa:
1 large, ripe papaya, seeded, peeled and diced
½ red bell pepper, seeded and diced
¼ red onion, finely chopped
1 Serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, a palm of leafy tops, finely chopped
1 navel orange, juiced
Coarse salt

Preheat a large nonstick skillet, indoor grill pan or tabletop grill to medium high heat. Combine the turkey, garlic, scallions, ginger, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Form mixture into 4 large patties no more than 1-inch thick. Place the patties in a hot pan or on a hot grill and cook for about 6 minutes on each side. Squeeze the juice of 1 ripe lime over the patties before removing them from the heat. Place the cooked patties on top of lettuce leaves.

Combine the papaya, red bell pepper, red onion, Serrano or jalapeno, cilantro and orange juice in a bowl. Season salsa with salt (to taste). Pile salsa on top of the cooked patties.


Allowance: Makes 4 servings
Count each bun-less burger as 3 proteins (Group 6) and ½ a serving of fruit (Group 4)

Adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray from the Food Network

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