If you really want to heal your body and eat better foods you need to add foods like this Turkey Burger recipe into your meal plans. The healing foods found in this recipe will help reduce your midsection and include 4 of the 5 suggestions found in The Best Diet for Belly Fat.

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This recipe is actually inspired by one of my favorite local restaurants, The Counter. They have great ingredients and a fabulous build your own menu. My go to is a burger salad where they make a typical burger and instead of putting it on a bun they put it on top of a salad.

You get to choose 100% of the ingredients in your salad. I listed just what I choose to put on my salad this time but your possibilities are endless and all salad ingredients are optional.

Turkey Burger Recipe

Burger Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced (I like a little heat so I don’t get rid of all of the seeds)
  • 1 small zucchini, shredded*
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cheese

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • pepperoncini’s
  • cilantro
  • sprouts


Grate the zucchini and place it in a clean towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out the extra moisture. *I like adding zucchini to my lean meat burgers like turkey and chicken because it adds a lot of moisture that can be lacking otherwise. Combine all of the burger ingredients, except the cheese, and form into patties. Grill the burger until cooked through and melt a little cheese on top.

We serve our salad in a salad bar form so the kids can pick and choose what ingredients they want/like. You can also just mix everything up together and plate the salads that way. Then top the salad with your turkey burger. I like a good homemade salsa or pico de gallo for my dressing.


How Can This Turkey Burger Recipe Help You Lose Weight?

Having a varied diet is nice but it can make losing weight a little bit more challenging because you are already changing so much. Why stress out on learning how to make 30 new dishes. That is one of the reasons why I love this recipe. You can make it seem like you are getting lots of variety by not changing a whole lot.

For example, I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe, pre-cooking a bunch of patties to eat throughout the week, or freezing some for future weeks. You can prep all of the salad ingredients and then just through them together when you are ready for lunch.

Also, if you don’t want a southwestern feel like I have, or you are tired of it that way, you can make a completely different salad just by changing up the toppings.

Turkey Burger Salad Alterations

  1. Make it Mediterranean by using Feta cheese, kalamata olives, bell peppers, cucumbers and maybe a little hummus, etc.

2. If you want it a little heavier or warmer feeling, in the winter months, add some roasted sweet potatoes or roasted broccoli.

3. You can even make it sweeter by adding dried cranberries and grilled pineapple. I also like adding almonds for a little crunch.


As far as other meals go I recommend you start off on an easy path. Have 2 or 3 breakfast options to choose from like oatmeal, avocado toast or a smoothie. Stay with those three until you are ready to branch out. For lunch alternate between a simple lettuce wrap with meat from last night’s dinner or with tuna or egg salad. Make a large pot of soup to eat all week. Limit your choices to make it less challenging on yourself!

Most of all, I hope you enjoy your turkey burger salad.


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