Turkey Veggie Burgers

Turkey Veggie Burgers

Some dogs are said to be sensitive to grains which can cause allergies. Some say the allergies are grain related, others say the allergies are starch related.  Then there are those who say allergies are caused from repetitive digestion of the same ingredient. I honestly don't know what is true because neither Kirby or our fosters have experienced any allergies so I haven't had to learn more. (Knock on wood)

 

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Tasty Turkey Dinner

Tasty Turkey Dinner

 

Sometimes I like to be quite creative when creating a recipe for the Kirbster. Sometimes simple is good. This is as simple as it gets - just chop, blend and bake. Kirby knows what he does and doesn't like. For example he will not eat carrots or green beans so this is a great way to sneak them into his diet. 

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Turkey Burgers

Kirby loves a healthy burger! These are made with turkey but any ground meat would work. 

 Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

A healthier burger

Yields: 12 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition facts:
128 Calories, 55 Calories from fat
Total fat: 5.9g or 9% (1.6g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag broccoli slaw
  • 2 Roma tomatoes or ½ cup tomato juice
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground egg shell

Directions

  1. Purée or finely dice your veggies.
  2. In a large bowl use your hands to thoroughly mix together all the ingredients.
  3. Evenly fill each oil sprayed muffin tin with the meat mixture.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them sit for about ten minutes to firm up before removing.

If you can't find broccoli slaw in the produce section, chop up 4 cups of broccoli, carrots and cabbage.

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I freeze these in ziplock bags. Take out what you will need that morning and let thaw in the refrigerator. When time for supper just pop in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm. Quick, tasty and healthy!

Turkey Jerky

Turkey Jerky

Don't have a dehydrator?  Here's an easy recipe for turkey jerky that can be baked in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Preparation Instructions

1. Puree the meat with the olive oil in a food processor. 

2. Using a spatula or your hands, spread it out on a parchment paper lined baking pan. 

3. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours leaving the oven door slightly ajar to let moisture escape. 

4. Remove from the oven and slice into strips or bite size pieces.  You can use a knife but a pizza cutter is amazingly quick and easy.

5. Place pieces, flipped over, back on pan and return to the oven.  You may need to replace the parchment paper.  Continue baking for 3 more hours with the door ajar.  Turn off the oven and leave in until the pieces are dry and leathery.   

They can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for a week. 

If you want to use a dehydrator be sure to place the raw meat on parchment paper to keep the juices from dripping.  Check often and use a paper towel to dab the tops to remove the juices as the jerky cooks.

These are healthy yummy chews your dog will love. Just ask Kirby!