BBQ Tips: Try These 2 Recipes That Take Grilled Burgers for an Unexpected, Healthy Twist

Baseball and apple pie. Laurel and Hardy. Laverne and Shirley. Batman and Robin. Ren and Stimpy. Some duos seem so natural that you can hardly utter one half of the phrase without the other. Barbecue grills and hamburgers have to be considered among them.

Each summer, my favorite market sells hamburger patties stuffed with jalapeno peppers and Gouda cheese. For a budding foodie like me, they are addictively delicious. And even though they are made with ground sirloin, they are still a greasy treat I know I can only enjoy in moderation. So I am always looking for a healthier alternative to the traditional burger for those times when I absolutely must put a burger on the grill.

Here are two mouthwatering cookout suggestions that promise to taste great without derailing my improving eating habits.

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1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 slices mozzarella cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers

1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.
2. Place the ground turkey, onion, cilantro, chipotle chile pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and black pepper in a mixing bowl; mix well. Form into 4 patties.
3. Cook the hamburgers on the preheated grill until the turkey is no longer pink in the center, about 4 minutes per side.
4. Place the mozzarella slices on the patties 2 minutes before they are ready.
5. Serve on the toasted buns.


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4 portobello mushroom caps
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
4 (1 ounce) slices provolone cheese

Portobello Mushroom Burger

1. Place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, turning twice.
2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat and brush grate with oil.
3. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently.
4. Top with cheese during the last 2 minutes of grilling.
5. Serve on your favorite bun.


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