Spiced Up Turkey Burgers w/ Lemon Herb Mayo & Roasted Parmesan Potato Wedges & Lemon Garlic Green Beans

It is so hot. So, so, so, so hot. So freaking hot. How many other ways can I say it? Oh yeah, humid too. And gross. In any case, today we took a ROAD TRIP (inside joke) with a friend to 7-Eleven. And yes, we drove 1.5 hours just to get Slurpees. My husband is such a trooper, as is our friend – the 3 of us love our ROAD TRIPS! And in case you’re wondering, my Slurpee was half blue raspberry and half coke.

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That aside, I have a really, really, really good burger recipe. If you are grilling tonight, this weekend, or ever, I definitely recommend that you make this! My husband said it might be the best meal I’ve ever made for him. Not just the best burger, but the best MEAL. That says a lot. And it was a turkey burger. How did a turkey burger end up being amazing, and not a dried out hockey puck, you ask? Olive oil definitely had something to do with it. This recipe came from The Shiksa in the Kitchen’s blog, and it was the first time I made one of her recipes. I will definitely be making more of hers down the road, if they are even half as good as this one! The turkey patties were so moist and juicy. I prepped everything, but my husband grilled them, and I think not over-grilling them is another important aspect. We grilled them for about 7 minutes per side, which was perfect. Another tip from The Shiksa was to brush the patties with olive oil after flipping them, in order to keep them moist. Well, our basting brush broke a few weeks ago, so I drizzled olive oil over the top, which worked just as well (maybe even better). The lemon herb mayo was also delicious, and definitely added to the overall taste of the burger.  We also melted provolone cheese on the burgers.  Basically, it was as some bloggers might call a “flavour explosion” or “flavour bomb.”

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In addition to the burgers, I rounded out the meal by making parmesan roasted potato wedges and garlic lemon green beans.  Both turned out to be great!  My husband looooved the potato wedges, in fact.  Two small Yukon gold potatoes was the perfect amount for us (also, one potato is one serving).  Normally I’m not the biggest fan of potato wedges, because they are often so bland, but these ones weren’t at all!  The spices and oil created such a great flavour.  The green beans, as well, were great.  It’s hard to go wrong with green beans – usually I just sauté them with a bit of olive oil or soy sauce, but lately I’ve been trying to find other recipes to fancy them up.  I made some alterations to the recipes, due to ingredients I had at home, so my changes will be reflected in the recipes below, but you can click the original blogger’s links to see their version!

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Spiced Up Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:
-1.3lb lean ground turkey
-1 slice white bread, crust removed (I used a whole wheat tortilla, since we don’t have white bread, and it worked fine)
-1.5tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the burgers
-1/4cu fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely minced
-2tbsp onion, very finely minced
-1 egg
-1.5tsp smoked paprika
-1/2tsp cumin
-1/2tsp garlic powder
-1/4tsp cayenne pepper
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1.5tbsp applesauce (I omitted this, as we don’t eat applesauce, and the original blogger said it was fine to do so)
-whole wheat buns
-desired garnish (we garnished with lettuce, pickles, and provolone cheese)
Lemon Herb Mayo
-1/2cu good quality mayonnaise
-1tsp dried dill
-1tsp dried chives
-1tbsp fresh parsley, minced
-1tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:
-In a shallow bowl, pour in olive oil and soak bread/tortilla in it.
-Place ground turkey in a large bowl. Tear up bread/tortilla into small pieces and put in the bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
-Grill for about 7 minutes per side (grilling time might depend on the heat of your grill). Brush olive oil over the burgers halfway through grilling, to keep them moist.
-Serve on toasted buns with desired garnish (spread mayo on the bottom bun).

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Roasted Parmesan Potato Wedges

Ingredients:
-2 Yukon gold potatoes (1 per person)
-1tbsp olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1/2tsp thyme
-1tbsp fresh minced parsley
-1/4cu parmesan cheese

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 450.
-Cut potatoes into wedges, then toss with olive oil, herbs, salt & pepper, and parmesan. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, tossing 3-4 times in between (I baked mine for 40mins, and turned every 10mins).

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Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Ingredients:
-fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed
-1tbsp olive oil
-4tsp fresh lemon juice
-1tbsp minced garlic (the original recipe called for 1/2tsp garlic powder, but I love using the real thing…I would have minced my own clove, but I found a small jar of minced garlic in the fridge that I used instead, I think it was better with that, than with garlic powder, but let me know what you decide to do!)
-salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
-Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.
-Boil water in a large pot, and cook beans for about 3 minutes. Drain beans and transfer them to the bowl of ice water. Allow beans to cool completely.
-Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans to pan, tossing to coat with oil. Add lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to toss, cooking for about 3 minutes.
Additional salt and pepper as needed to taste.

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