Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cajun Blackened Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese and Onion Rings

Yesterday was my husband's birthday and he requested that I make these delicious spicy burgers.  We first had these burgers from a really quiet gourmet burger restaurant in the center of London.  We had gone for my husband to complete in the 'First Across the Finish Line' race at the new Olympic Stadium back in 2012.  It was an amazing day that really brought the excitement of the upcoming Olympics alive.  We were very lucky to still live in England during the Olympics and have that experience.
We have been addicted to making our own healthier version of these burgers ever since that day.  I have completely modified them to make them a lower calorie version.  You will absolutely love the mildly spiced burger with the contrasting tangy blue cheese.  The homemade onion rings recipe can be found here or by clicking on the picture below. They add a wonderful touch of crunchy sweetness to the burger.
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Cajun Blackened Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese and Onion Rings
Servings: 6 ★ Size: 1 burger ★ 
Smart Points: 7 ★ Points Plus: 7 ★ Calories: 270 ★ Total Fat: 11 g ★ Saturated Fat: 4 g ★ Protein: 26 g ★ Carbohydrates: 20 g ★ Fiber: 4 g ★ Sugars: 2 g ★ Sodium: 768 mg ★ Cholesterol: 82 mg

· 20 ounces (570 g) ground turkey, 93% lean
· 1 medium zucchini, coarsely grated
· 1 small bunch scallions, diced
· 3 cloves garlic, minced
· 4 tablespoons cajun seasoning, divided
· 1 cup blue cheese, reduced-fat crumbles
· 1 batch onion rings (click for recipe)
· 6 light hamburger rolls

1. Squeeze any excess liquid from the grated zucchini.  In a medium mixing bowl place the ground turkey, zucchini, sacallions, garlic, and 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning. Add a little salt and pepper to season and mix well.  Form into 6 equal burger patties. Sprinkle both sides of each burger with the remaining cajun seasoning.  Grill the burgers on a medium heat for 18-20 minutes until all pink is removed. Note: The amount of spice these burgers have will depend on the brand of cajun seasoning you use.  I like to make my own and don't add as much to my boys' burgers.  They still can't handle spicy!
2. Prepare the onion rings while the burgers are grilling.  Top each burger with onion rings and 1/6th a cup of blue cheese crumbles.
Perfect weeknight dinner that is ready in 30 minutes.

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