Dive into these flavorful, tender grilled turkey burgers, livened up with a delicious and easy curry hummus. You may never go back to regular burgers! 255 calories and 6 Weight Watchers SP. Thank you to Sabra Hummus for helping me to share this recipe with you.
Simply because I work and immerse myself in the food and cooking world everyday, I come into contact with a lot of ingredients that may not be as familiar to some of my readers. Sweet potato noodles, barramundi, tart cherry juice…you get the picture.
There’s one particular ingredient that I use a lot (A LOT!) in my cooking that didn’t strike me as unusual in the past. But an experience in the past couple of weeks changed that.
A couple of weeks ago, I joined a group of fellow bloggers in Richmond, Virginia to learn more about the Sabra Dipping Co. and the product that launched it all for them…hummus. While talking with the Sabra team, I was really surprised to learn that one of their challenges is introducing the general public to hummus and how many people aren’t familiar with the Middle Eastern dip.
Sure enough, when we hopped into a taxi to head to dinner at The Daily Kitchen & Bar (I highly recommend it!), we got into a conversation with the driver about hummus. He had no idea what we were talking about. He was truly curious about this new-to-him dip, but had never had the opportunity to try it. It made me realize how much I take for granted the privilege to try different and exotic foods.
So…what is hummus?
It’s blissfully simple, healthy and delicious. The basic ingredients are chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), garlic, lemon and olive oil. The beauty of the versatile dip is that it is fantastic “as is”, used as a dip for veggies or crackers, or with various garnishes. Sabra is the king of adding garnishes, such as roasted red peppers, olive tapenade (one of my favorites), roasted garlic and jalapeños. Really, that’s just skimming the surface. The list goes on and on, with each one being as delicious as the next. We had the opportunity to try the two new flavors that will be coming out – Rosemary with Sea Salt and Caramelized Onion. Let me just say you will definitely want to sample these flavors!
Left: The hummus tasting table! Right: Pete Taylor of Spiceologist, whipping up his favorite hummus concoctions from the Sabra Hummus House, Sabra’s first pop-up restaurant in Washington, D.C.
We had the opportunity to make our own hummus garnishes, from a huge array of veggies, spices, fresh herbs and other ingredients. My creation was Sabra’s classic hummus, topped with pumpkin pesto, cilantro, chopped almonds and pickled celery. This is one I’ll be recreating at home!
How do you use it?
The beauty of hummus is that it’s fantastic on its own, but my family also uses it on burgers – turkey, salmon and others – and in place of mayo and mustard on sandwiches. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Some of my favorite ways to use hummus:
- In a Healthy Mediterranean 7-Layer Dip
- As a filling for Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadillas
- As a crust for Baked Hummus Crusted Chicken Tenders
- As a spread for Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Hummus
- In a stuffing for Greek Quinoa & Hummus Stuffed Tomatoes
- As a sauce for Hummus Linguini with Zucchini
- As a topping for Hummus-Crusted Baked Fish
- In a stuffing for Stuffed Sweet Potato with Spinach, Hummus & Feta
Who knew that hummus was so versatile, right?! But really, if you just get as far as dipping veggies into it or spreading it on a burger or sandwich, you will become hooked!
Turkey burgers are notorious for being dry and unappealing, but it’s time to change their reputation! I keep it pretty simple when I make the patties – no egg, no breadcrumbs. I just use lean (not extra-lean…we need a little bit of fat to keep things juicy) ground turkey and some seasoning. That’s all they need, I promise!
In this case, I dolloped in a tablespoon of mild curry paste, and a pinch of salt and pepper. The trick is to grill the burgers until they are just cooked through. In other words, don’t grill the living daylights out of them. With thin patties like these ones, it will take 2 to 3 minutes per side for the patties to be cooked through.
For the hummus, I used Sabra’s Classic Hummus as a base, and mixed in some of the same curry paste, a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of minced cilantro. The flavors will make your taste buds jump with joy!
Grilled Turkey Burgers with Curry Hummus Recipe
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Light oil the grill.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, curry paste, salt and pepper.
- Divide the turkey mixture in 4 equal portions and form into patties, about ½ –inch thick.
- Place the patties on the grill and cook until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Lightly toast the hamburger buns. Spread 1 ½ tablespoons curry hummus on each of the buns.
- Divide the cooked patties, tomato and lettuce between the hamburgers. Serve.
- In a small bowl, stir together the hummus, cilantro, curry paste and lime juice until well combined.
Weight Watchers Points: 6 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 7 (Points+)
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