From the land or sea…

So for 4th of July, I went over to my cousins and we had 3 different types of protein: turkey, salmon, and chicken.

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Turkey burgers:
Ingredients:
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 pound ground turkey breast
Cooking spray
4 (1 1/2-ounce) whole wheat hamburger buns
4 tomato slices

Makes 4 servings (we made thinner patties and got 5 patties out of this)

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Directions:

  1. Combine the green onions, orange juice, soy sauce, and ground turkey breast.
  2. Divide the combine mixture into 4 equal portions of a 3/4-inch-thick patty.
  3. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done. We did it just on the stove top and it was fine.
  4. Assemble your buns, toast them if you want to. Spread your sauce (you can make the special sauce here). I just simply used a ½ tablespoon of mayo on top half of bun. Add your patty and place a slice of tomato on top.

Recipe adapted from http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-burgers-with-special-sauce

I like my burgers simple. You can go to town on the toppings but I thought this was great as is with just the tomato and slightest bit of mayo. It was so juicy and I really enjoyed the Alvarado Street Bakery brand of sprouted burger buns I purchased at Stop & Shop.

The salmon burger is similarly prepared.

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Salmon burger:
Ingredients:
1 1/4 pounds center-cut salmon fillet
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
¼ cup of green onions
1 cup of breadcrumbs
Ground black pepper and salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tomato slices

Makes about 4 to 6 servings

Directions:
1. Cut three-quarters of the salmon into 1/4-inch pieces.
2. Cut the rest of the salmon into chunks and add the mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and lemon zest into food processor. Pulse to make a paste.
3. Add the salmon paste mixture with the diced salmon. Add the green onion, breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste. Gently mix until just combined.
4. Divide the salmon mixture into 4 patties. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
5. After refrigerating, press both sides of the salmon patties in the breadcrumbs. Add olive oil to the pan and cook the burger to your desired doneness. You don’t want to have overcooked salmon so about 3 to 4 minutes a side on medium heat should be ok.
6. Assemble your buns, toast them if you want to. For the salmon burger, I made a simple homemade teriyaki sauce and again had the patty with a tomato slice.

This was great too and as I’m trying to eat more salmon, I like having them in different ways instead of just a cooked filet.
And lastly we made Creamy Chicken & Potato Hash Wrap:
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onions, diced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup half-half
2 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups cubed chicken
package of whole wheat wraps

Makes about 6 servings (wraps)

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Directions:
1. Cook the chicken and potatoes in the oil until almost completely cooked through.
2. In separate pan, cook the onions in the butter on medium heat until tender.
2. Put in the flour and salt.
3. Stir in the half and half slowly until it thickens.
4. Put in the chicken and potatoes  and cover the pan, let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.
5. Assemble the cooked mixture in your wraps and enjoy.

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cooking the chicken and potatoes
thickening with half and half
onions; thickening with half and half
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all together now

I like this, it was pretty good as a wrap. It would probably work well over a bowl of rice too. My uncle thought we should have made it as a curry though.

Out of the three, I enjoyed the turkey burger (because I love burgers!) the most. It was juicy and flavorful and I think ground turkey works better as burgers than salmon.

Have a must try burger recipe? Please let me know in the comments!

Til next time,
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4 thoughts on “From the land or sea…

  1. Your chicken and potato hash wrap looks absolutely delicious, i want to eat it through ur pictures u put in this entry haha. And thanks for the turkey burger instructions i’d love to try making that instead of my boring beef burgers, i love the way you experimented with all three different proteins and how the end result looks~

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  2. Wow the turkey burger looks great! Orange juice is an interesting addition – what does it do for the patty, I wonder? 🙂

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