On a recent supermarket visit gathering our weekly pack of morsels, I was passing through the meat/fish section when I caught something on the corner of my eye, which made me come to a sudden stop and gave me mixed feelings of frustration and confusion.
Gluten-Free Turkey Burgers!!!!!
Are these turkeys being fed quinoa or rice instead of grains such as wheat barley, oats or rye? I doubt it, and even if they were, their digestion process has taken care of breaking down the gluten protein anyway, so you don’t have to. The truth is that it is a simple marketing strategy.
How far are we going to go with this? Animal protein is naturally gluten-free, and turkey burgers should not require any fillers or binders other than condiments and herbs, not a gluten product of any kind should be in the mix.
Let me save you the trouble of believing that gluten-free burgers exist, or gluten-free steaks, or gluten-free chops. Unless you make a sandwich with them in between two pieces of conventional bread, they will always be non gluten; therefore, please save your money and guard your health, because you are better off making those hyped turkey burgers yourself.
Here is what you could do with ground turkey meat and a grill:
Recipe for Homemade Turkey Burgers
(makes about 5 – 6 ounce patties)
2 Lbs of Ground Turkey, preferably Organic/Hormone-Free or just good old Conventional
3 Tblsp of Organic Mustard made with Apple Cider Vinegar!
2 Tblsp of Fresh Ground Black Pepper, best if using a pepper mill
¼ Cup of chopped fines herbs, classically a mix of fresh parsley, chives, chervil and tarragon
( you can do all four,or just two or one of them).
1 Tbsp of Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
Mix all the ingredients in a glass or stainless steel bowl, I prefer to do it with my bare hands since I like to get personal with my food, making sure that I wash my hands very well before doing it and again when I’m done mixing and before I touch anything else.
After mixing, form into 5 to 6 patties and they are ready for the grill; it should take you about 20 minutes at the most to prepare this.
If you want to add cheese, please choose a cheese that has been aged, such as cheddar or monterrey jack, it is easier on your digestion specially if you are lactose intolerant. There is a yogurt cheese in slices out there that melts really well, you can definitely have that.
And finally you can place this burger (once grilled) within a gluten-free hamburger roll, and top it all with a simple mixture of chopped avocado, tomato and red onions, with lemon juice and salt. And some lettuce.
I need to say that when consuming processed gluten-free products that are out there in the market, please be careful and read the labels, always! Watch out for sugar content, you should not have more than 4.8 grams per serving or 12.5 teaspoons per day!!
The best way to eat gluten-free is eating home made natural meals, but we are busy people, I get it; so when you buy already prepared foods, please look out for fillers, additives and if you are not so sure about something, don’t buy it! It is that simple.
Have fun, enjoy, live life fully and feel great, a morsel at a time.
YOU and your gluten-free lifestyle are the most important thing today!!
The Morsel Chef
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