Better Healthy Burgers

"Part animal, part plant protein, these burgers are nutritious and delicious! I make them as a large batch of 22 burgers that weigh 2.5 ounces raw and freeze the patties between sheets of wax paper in a zip-lock bag."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
22 2.5 ounce burgers




  • Cook 1/4 cup of dry Teff in 1 cup boiling water. Simmer on low boil until liquid is almost gone.
  • Add the ground flax seed (3 Tablespoons) and chia seed (2 Tablespoons) to the hot Teff. Stir until you reach the consistency or thick oatmeal.
  • Drain the liquid from a 15.25 ounce can of black beans with a strainer. Do not rinse the beans. Place the beans into a bowl and mash with a potato masher.
  • Add the Teff mixture to the beans and mash together until well blended.
  • Add the extra lean ground beef (I use 96% lean/4% fat) and mix together well.
  • Add the extra lean ground turkey (I use 99% lean/1% fat) and mix well
  • Add all seasonings and Mix until evenly combined.
  • Spray hands with non-stick cooking oil spray (I use Olive Oil) and Roll into 2.5 ounce balls.
  • Shape into patties.
  • Fry on high in non-stick pan sprayed with cooking oil.
  • Serve on a bun or lettuce wrap with your favorite condiments.
  • Enjoy!

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Prior to my ever hearing about the movie Julie and Julia, realeased August, 2009, I came up with an idea to make 52 different Sunday dinners at my house over the course of one year. Present would always be my saintly common-law husband Peter, my beloved 29-year-old son Elijah and his ever-thoughtful girlfriend Sabrina carrying my precious grand-darling Arianna along with any family or close friends who happen to be in town. I only half realized the great challenge before me as I tended to eat a very limited diet on a day-to-day basis. Thanks to Recipezaar I've simplified this challenge somewhat with the ingredient search engine alone. While never copying anyone's recipe exactly, I've been inspired by the volume and variety of delicious-sounding dishes at my fingertips. I Thank all contributors for taking the time to share. I'm approaching week 34 tomorrow. Thus far, based on the kids' weekly ratings, I have two five stars!! I'll publish them soon. In the meantime, Happy Cooking!
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