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The Way to Stay Healthy with Your Burger Cravings

Granted, I love all types of meat. Chicken. Beef. Pork. Mmmm :D so that means when I want a burger, it’s going to come from an animal. However, there are times that I rather have a lighter meat for my burger but not wanting to go full force into an alternative soy or vegetable-based burger plus why pay restaurant prices for turkey burgers when you can make them yourself. Simple enough recipe honestly.

The ingredients I used for Turkey Burgers were:

• 4 wheat buns

• 2 tablespoons of olive oil

• Chopped onions- the recipe asked for a whole onion but I had chopped in my freezer.

• 3 large garlic cloves- I used minced garlic from a large jar.

• 1 pound of ground turkey- I used 93/7 turkey. • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper- I used a packet from pizza delivery.

• 1 teaspoon of black pepper

• 1 teaspoon of kosher salt- I use Pink Himalayan salt.

• 4 slices of ultra thin Sargento Colby Jack Cheese- the recipe suggested Muenster but I like Colby Jack better.

For condiments: I used avocado mayonnaise, sugar free ketchup, French Yellow Mustard, tomato, lettuce, and pickles.

Our Ratings

Compared to the beef burgers, making the turkey burgers was easier and the burgers were also flavorful because of the onions and garlic we made. The mushrooms were also

cooked on the stovetop with a smidge of butter. The mushrooms were easier to eat when warmed. Shayne and I both rated this recipe a 10/10. The cooking part was easy, and the burgers were full of flavor. Though, credit to our choosing of toppings and sauces. Moving forward though, I will be making these burgers but as Turkey Burger Sliders. King’s Hawaiian Rolls add sweetness to offset the savoriness of the burgers.

Our Financials

This recipe was conducive to make within our means. The best part was I was able to make enough to last for two meals for my husband and myself. For those who love to save money, this definitely a meal that would be worth making for the whole family. My fiancé had 2 full size burgers and I had 2 burgers so for a family it is ideal. A burger per person for family of four and more than enough toppings to go around. I also added more condiments than what was suggested. When made into sliders, the slider count was for 24. It is also easy to portion out sliders for left overs.

I did my shopping at Walmart for this recipe. Below are the costs of each item. We were able to use the same ingredients that we used for the beef burgers because of the amount of ingredients we bought.

• Pepperidge Farm Bakery Classic 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns- $2.78

• Ground 93/7 Turkey- $4.94

• Kosher Salt- $1.98

• Sargento Ultra thin Colby Jack Sliced Cheese- $2.68 • Chopped Onions- $1.12

• Mushrooms- $3.74

• Romaine Lettuce- S1.48

• Tomatoes- $3.57

• Pickles- Already purchased

• French’s Mustard- $1.38

• Reduced Sugar Heinz Ketchup- $2.52

• Sir Kensington’s Regular Avocado Mayonnaise- $ 6.98 • Worcestershire sauce- $1.00

• Crushed Red Pepper- Free!

• Minced Garlic- Already purchased

• Olive Oil- Already purchased

Those Millennial Cash Back Application Earnings

My typical cash back earnings come from the applications: Ibotta, Fetch Rewards, ShopKick, and Coinout. Granted simple cash back earnings but hey simplicity is key.

For savings, I used Ibotta, Fetch Rewards, Shopkick, and Coinout, like how I always use them.

On Ibotta, I got $2.00 back on Sir Kensington’s Avocado Mayonnaise. The price was $6.98 so I got to really pay $4.98.

For Fetch Rewards, I earned 823 points. Granted I bought other products but I gained, 400 points for Heinz ketchup, the other points I earned from other groceries.

For shopkick, I earned 25 kicks for walking into Walmart. Kicks that turn into gift cards eventually for our Disney gift cards for Disney vacations.

I got one penny worth on Coinout for the receipt. These are the same savings that I made from buying ingredients for cheeseburgers. However, do I feel that it is all the same? Yes. If anything this can spark ideas of where to save money.

Outcomes and Recommendations

We reused the ingredients we had for beef cheeseburgers originally but for those who just want to purchase ingredients for Turkey burgers the cost came to around $34.17

The goal as always is save as much as possible and be able to reuse ingredients for further meals. In addition to keeping food costs low, you keep food waste to a minimum as well.

In addition, a simple way to make the special sauce is by using ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, some salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Mix it all together and you got yourself special sauce for your burgers and fries.

Finally, as a more healthy option. You can make turkey burgers with air fried potatoes or sweet potatoes as fries, and finally, if you have a Ninja Creami machine, you can protein ice cream with Fairlife milk and some sugar free pudding mix.

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