Toddler Meal: Turkey Burgers with Sneaky Veggies

Cynthia Dermody
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turkey burgersMy family and I are trying to avoid red meat, but there's nothing like a good burger, especially now that the weather is warming up and it's time to dust off the grill.

I love making Turkey Burgers with Shredded Veggies for my husband and toddlers. This is one of my own recipes -- I'll bet I serve it at least a few times a month -- and it's one way to sneak in veggies without anyone even knowing.

But this isn't one of those "deceptive" strategies. I'm actually a believer in complete honesty when it comes to food, and want my kids to eat a food becasue it IS good for them. Turkey is so low in fat that it can be very dry; the veggies actually help to keep the meat moist and juicy, even when reheated.

You can toss the burgers on the grill, but I think they taste even better when browned and sauteed in a pan with olive oil.

Turkey Burgers with Shredded Veggies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

You'll need:

2 tbsp olive oil

1.5 pounds of ground turkey

1 egg

1 carrot, shredded finely

1 zucchini, shredded finely

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp dried oregano

salt to taste

English muffins (optional)

Make it:

1. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until just combined -- don't over mix or compact the meat.

2. Gently press turkey into flat patties (they will poof up a lot during cooking).

3. Heat olive oil in pan, and add turkey patties, sauteing about 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through.

4. Top with ketchup or lemon mayonnaise* atop a lightly toasted English muffin (so it's warm but still soft enough for your toddler to bite through).

Tip: To make lemon mayonnaise, mix 2 tablespoons of mayo with one teaspoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice. This condiment goes better with the turkey flavor than ketchup, in my opinion.

Tip: Omit the English muffin for younger toddlers; just cut up the meat into small, easy-to-chew pieces.

Tip: Great served with sweet potato fries and broccoli.

C'mon, don't make me come up with these toddler recipes all on my own. I want to know what YOU feed your toddler's for lunch and dinner. Send me a PM and share your recipes so I can feature them here!

Past Toddler Meals:

Red Noodles from the Hillbilly Housewife

Confetti Potatoes

Mini Meatloaves

Alex Guarnaschelli's Homemade Granola

Happy Face Baked Pancakes

Yogurt Fruit Salad

Vegetarian Chili

Fruit Salsa With Cinnamon Crisps

Taco Cups

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Italian Goulash

Parmesan Risotto

Chicken Sausages

Easy Quesadillas

Barbecue Cups

Healthy Ketchup

Cinnamon Raisin Roll-Ups

Hot Dogs with Mashed Potatoes

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