Turkey Burgers + Carrot Fries (gluten free, dairy free, soy free)
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Not only are these turkey burgers delicious, they are easy to prepare baked in the oven. Sneaking in some carrots to look like fries is an added bonus (hello picky eaters). A lighter, healthier, meal everyone will love!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: serves 6
  • Serves 6
  • Carrot Fries:
  • 12 large carrots, peeled and sliced julienne-style
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for finishing
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil, or other high-heat oil
  • Quick dipping sauce: Mix 2 parts mayonnaise with 1 part tabasco or other hot sauce.
  • 2 pounds organic ground turkey, dark meat
  • 1 medium red onion, diced fine
  • 3 stalks celery, diced fine
  • 1 large apple, diced, skin on (I use honey crisp variety for tartness)
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or grade b maple syrup (deeper in flavor than grade A)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free sweet chili sauce
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil, or other high-heat oil, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons crushed black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground fennel
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 Canyon Bakehouse hamburger buns
  • For sesame seed buns:
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy soy free butter such as Earth Balance, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • For garnishing burgers:
  • gluten free dijon or grain-style mustard
  • lingonberry, cherry or cranberry jam
  • fresh arugula, romaine or bib lettuce
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Both can cook simultaneously, at different cooking times. Prepare two parchment-lined cookie sheets for carrot fries and one lined baking sheet for turkey burgers - wax paper if shaping patties to freeze or parchment paper if baking immediately.
  2. For the carrot fries:
  3. Combine carrot sticks and remaining ingredients in a bowl or ziploc bag, mix to coat well. Place carrots on lined cookie sheets in a single layer, spacing them out as much as possible to prevent steaming and sogginess.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until crisp with some charred marks. If cooking turkey burgers, prepare patties in advance to cook simultaneously. Let fries cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. For the turkey burgers:
  6. In a bowl large enough for the ground turkey and all its’ ingredients, soak dried cranberries in hot water and set aside for a few minutes to soften. Meanwhile, set a medium skillet on medium-high heat, when hot add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add diced onions, celery, and apples, toss to coat well and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chopped basil and cook another minute then remove from heat, set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, combine ground turkey, drained dried cranberries, coconut nectar, sweet chili sauce, 2 tablespoons oil, kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, fennel and thyme in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Add cooled onion mixture and mix again. Note: ground turkey can be very stick, wear latex-free gloves, if desired.
  8. Grab about a tangerine-sized amount of the ground turkey mixture and flatten into a round patty shape (about ½ thick) in the palm of your hand then flip over your palm and let the patty drop onto the lined baking sheet. Note: it’s too sticky to do otherwise. Repeat until all the meat has been shaped.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes, until burgers have some brown marks but still fairly light in color.
  10. Note: carrot fries cook another 5-10 minutes, giving you time to assembling burgers.
  11. To assemble: toast or warm hamburger buns. If making sesame seed buns: brush melted non-dairy butter on top half of buns then immediately sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Spread dijon mustard on the bottom hamburger bun, add arugula, turkey patty, spread lingonberry jam or other jam and cover with top half of the bun. Serve with carrot fries and dipping sauce.
  12. For freezing patties: Shape patties and drop onto waxed paper-lined rimmed baking sheet, then freeze, uncovered, for at least an hour. Cut strips of wax paper larger than patties and place each patty in between paper then transfer into a freezer-safe ziploc bag or airtight container; doing so will prevent patties from sticking during the thawing process. When thawed: preheat oven to 450 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes. You can also fry in a skillet with some oil for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through or rub patties with oil and grill 4-5 minutes on each side.
Recipe by From Jessica's Kitchen at http://fromjessicaskitchen.com/turkey-burgers-and-carrot-fries-gluten-free-dairy-free-and-a-canyon-bakehouse-giveaway/