Bun Free and Lovin it!

My favorite cooking classes to teach are ones that the focus on diet restrictions.  It sparks a certain creativity I don’t tap into as much, but when I do, amazing food creations happen!  
On a personal note, I have been toying with the idea of eliminating processed sugar and white flour from my daily food consumption and have finally have made that step! I heard that it helps with your concentration and makes you feel more energetic and less lethargic. Two weeks in, I am definitely feeling the difference!  I don’t feel like I’m missing out or hungry all the time…except for that occasional ice cream craving – Mmm! Thinking about it now!  
It helps that my husband is doing it with me and that we both are chefs.  We love to experiment making different foods and we love being each other’s guinea pigs!  My husband made this one up! This recipe is a turkey burger with sunflower seeds. The sunflower seeds add great texture to the turkey burger!  We pair each of our meals with a BRIGHT salad and a squeeze of lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.  If you want to up the ante, wrap the burger in a piece of iceberg lettuce, it adds a fabulous crunch! 

Spiced Turkey Burger


Makes 4-6 Burgers
3/4 lb. Ground Turkey
1/4 lb. Ground Beef
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
¼ C. Cilantro or Parsley, chopped
5 TBS. Sunflower Seeds, without shell
2 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning 
1 Egg
1 C. Gluten Free Bread Crumbs, or until the burger holds together
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Mix all the ingredients together.  Form into burgers.   Grill or cook in a hot pan, approximately 3 min on each side.
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14 thoughts on “Bun Free and Lovin it!”

  1. good for you! i love bad-for-you baked goods too much to give up white flour and processed sugar, but that doesn't mean this recipe doesn't sound awesome!

  2. Never would have thought of sunflower seeds here. Great idea. I have been mostly sugar-free since I had gestational diabetes years ago. Ever since then everything tastes too sweet to me. So, I do eat dessert on occasion but could never go back to candy, soda, anything with too much sugar.

  3. This sounds like the perfect summer recipe. I also have been trying to limit my wheat intake and feel much better when I eat stick to that. Do you think something like almond meal woud work as the binder instead of the gluten-free bread crumbs?

  4. I completely agree about dietary restrictions bringing out creativity. The more th better! Bring me your gluten free, super allergic vegans! The only time I had a little bit of a tough time was when I wanted to have a gluten free vegan friend over on Pesach. And we are super strict with no processed food, gobraks or kitniyot. So no matzoh because of the gluten, and no crepes or cookies or brownies because of the eggs. I have no problem with a big nutty salad, but I didn't think that would satisfy our whole families.

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