Poultry/ Weight Watchers

The Perfect Turkey Burger

Move over beef!

You guys will want to stick around to the end of this post for the perfect turkey burger – so juicy and low in smart points!


While it was nice standing at the train platform yesterday morning in 40 degree weather, what wasn’t so nice was the wind.  Which made it feel like 20 degrees, and I wanted it to feel like 40 degrees.  My only saving grace was that the rain held out until I got into the office!

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Breakfast was my new favorite zucchini/egg white/cheese omelette (3) with a slice of my copycat Starbuck’s Muesli bread (4) with some grapes.  The butter is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, at 10 calories a tablespoon, not counting the schmear on my bread. 

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I looked outside before I went on my lunch walk to see if anyone was using umbrellas, because the I was going to hit the gym.  But with temps near 40 I really, really wanted to walk outside.  It’s just such a nice break and I don’t have to switch into workout clothes Open-mouthed smile

But holy balls was it windy!  So windy at some points when I was at a stop light, I had to hold onto something in order not to feel like I was being blown over!  (you can see the video I posted on Instagram).  40 minutes of walking was enough for me.  I was happy I had leftover frozen lasagna soup for lunch – this time with baby kale and leftover spaghetti.  7 smart points for lunch and the last of the Florida citrus from my Parents-in-Law.

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Work was super busy, and before I knew it was time to head home.  I have an hour commute each way to work, and decided that I can’t spend the WHOLE time on social media, so I’ve given myself “train” tasks to do that are a bit more productive.  Like delete the nearly 10,000 photos on my phone (um, didn’t know that used up data!) and go through the 4000+ emails as well.  Last night I decided to make a new playlist on my Spotify – uplifting/inspirational songs for working out or for my lunch time walks.

For the record, I like eclectic playlists! 

  • Harder, Better, Faster – Daft Punk
  • Dare You To Move – Switchfoot
  • Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
  • Home – Phillip Phillips
  • Work – Rihanna (um, gotta have a Rihanna song)
  • Applause – Lady Gaga
  • Rise – Boyce Avenue (Katy Perry cover song)
  • Handclap – Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Into the New – Mark Peter Revell
  • Walk – Foo Fighters
  • Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
  • Girl on Fire – Alicia Keyes
  • Stronger – Brittney Spears (shout out to my DIL Lizz!)
  • Not Afraid – Eminem

Some of these songs just make me smile, some make me sing like I am at karaoke night, and some I just like the lyrics.  While the Eminem song might seem weird, I particularly like this lyric:

And I just can’t keep living this way, so today, I’m breaking out of this cage.  I’m standing up, I’ma face my demons, I’m manning up, I’ma hold my ground; I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up, Time to put my life back together right now!

As I was walking during lunch and this song came on, I could literally feel myself pulling that final foot out of the quicksand that I’ve felt has been there for quite a while.  While I lost my shoe in the quicksand, I am standing on two feet firmly on the ground.  I feel in control.   I haven’t had one food binge in over three weeks.  I’ve only had 8 ounces of wine in 2 1/2 weeks.  I’ve counted every.single.thing I’ve put in my mouth.  I’ve got Blue Dots for days on my WW app!

And you know what?  It feels pretty good.  Sometimes you just have to believe in yourself.  To not let the chaos of daily life get in the way of what you want.  There are 86,400 seconds in each day, and I want to make the most of however many seconds I have left on this earth.


So now that we’ve gotten over all that inspirational stuff, can we talk about food now?! Specifically, turkey burgers?!  After the turkey potstickers I made the night before last, I couldn’t help but think of all the delicious things I could make with ground turkey, and last night felt like a burger night.  And for the record, that’s a salad plate.  It’s the only plate that will fit on my makeshift photo studio, aka the shelf under the lamp in my dining room!

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So I did a bit of research on how to make a better turkey burger, i.e. not a dry one, and stumbled across Lauren’s Latest who made a turkey burger with a pat of butter among other things.  I didn’t want to add any more points to my dinner, so I went with this burger below – which served just me!

The Perfect Turkey Burger
Serves 1
Move over beef! This turkey burger is juicy and sure to win over any beef lover in your house. Perfect quick weeknight dinner too!
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
456 calories
2 g
186 g
31 g
44 g
9 g
177 g
296 g
0 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456
Calories from Fat 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 186mg
Sodium 296mg
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 6 ounces raw Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey breast
  2. 3/4 teaspoon butter
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  5. 1/2 teaspoon favorite bbq rub (I used Penzey’s 33rd & Galena rub)
  1. Mix the turkey breast, dried parsley and bbq rub together.  Form two 3 ounce patties and generously salt and pepper both sides.  Put one patty on your cutting board, add the butter, then top with the second patty and press down until the burger is about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick.  Cook over medium low heat about 5 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees.  I used a clear lid on top so once I could see that the burger was cooked half way through, I flipped it.
  1. * I used my Lodge cast iron skillet, so I got a nice crust on the top and bottom of the burger. 😀
Adapted from Inspired by Lauren's Latest
My Bizzy Kitchen http://www.mybizzykitchen.com/

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For the last couple minutes I added my trusty meat thermometer and went to refill my water and came back and my burger was done!

The perfect turkey burger

How to make the perfect turkey burger – just add a pat of butter to the patty!

I served mine on a toasted bagel thin with romaine and dill pickles on the bottom, then topped with sautéed mushrooms, a bit of Plochman’s angry mustard, some hot sauce and parsley.  Holy cow, was this a great burger.  I am still team beef, but I have to say, I’d chow down on one of these burgers any day of the week, and I am pretty sure this will be heavy in the dinner rotation.  Can you see how juicy this burger is?!

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Perfect for a weeknight dinner, especially if you form the patties in the fridge before work, and just let them sit on the counter for 15 minutes before cooking while you check the mail and switch into your pajamas as soon as you walk in the door.  Thanks Jennie-O for letting me be a 2017 Ambassador – and hoping I can share my new found love of ground turkey with all of you.   You can check out their Facebook page and Twitter page for more recipe inspiration.

And because dinner was such a snap to put together, I had time to do a 20 minute Jillian ab work on YouTube – she still kind of annoys me, but it was a good workout – I have a feeling I’ll be feeling ab muscles I haven’t felt in a long time today!

H1.10.17 051Here is some Wednesday Wisdom:

eat well Hugs!

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  • Michelle Kornfeld
    January 11, 2017 at 8:26 am The turkey burger looks yummy! You have motivated me to get my bu** in gear again. I go to WW and from Thanksgiving on it has been down hill. Since Monday I have been focused staying within my points, moving, & drinking my water. Thanks for taking the time from your crazy schedule to write your blog, you are my favorite! Hugs, Michelle
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 8:28 am Morning sunshine! ???? congrats on getting back on track - and thanks for taking the time to comment - hugs back ?
  • Katherine
    January 11, 2017 at 8:36 am I'm kind of new to Spotify.... Did you name the playlist, such that I can search for it and follow it?
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 8:37 am #livefully is the name of the playlist - I'll have to see if anyone can follow it - I didn't know that was possible ???
  • Shelley B
    January 11, 2017 at 9:19 am BUTTER! Interesting - I will have to remember that trick. We were super windy yesterday (and today as well) and I ran in it - not easy when those gusts hit! Sounds like it was an adventure just walking in it - but then, you were in the Windy City!
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm That's true, I am used to a bit of wind in the city, but that was redic!
  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    January 11, 2017 at 9:21 am I don't always love Turkey Burgers, but the butter idea is genius! One of my resto faves has a poblano pesto on it... mmm... Thanks for the playlist. One of the things I like to do when I'm losing weight to reward myself, is for each pound lost, allow myself to by a new, upbeat song for my running playlist! Always looking for ideas.
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 9:57 pm Wow, poblano pesto sounds amazing! I love spotify, so far there isn't a song I've wanted on there, and it's worth the $13 a month I pay for it :D
  • kathicooks
    January 11, 2017 at 9:37 am I know what you mean about turkey burgers being dry. And they can get that really tight, rubbery texture. My trick is to shred zucchini into the turkey, work it in with my hands, and as the turkey cooks, so does the zucchini and it releases liquid into the meat. Keeps the texture a little looser and the meat moist. Best part? Virtually no extra calories. :)
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm I once tried to make my husband a meatloaf with veggies, including zucchini and let's just say, that didn't go so well :D But I will definitely try that - thanks for the tip!
  • kris
    January 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm Love your playlist. Handclap ! Can't help but move when that comes on. Add Proud by Heather Small. It's theme from Biggest Loser and also you must have the only playlist in America without Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake lol. Keep moving sister, you got this.
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 10:01 pm Thanks for your suggestions - I forgot about that sound from Heather Small :D Thanks for being such a great cheerleader!
  • susan b
    January 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm I remember seeing Oprah do a segment on a turkey burger once. It was from some famous spa in California (I think). Sooo fancy! Anyway, the "secret ingredient" was CHOPPED APPLE. Yum!
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm That's a great idea too Susan!!
  • Kym
    January 11, 2017 at 6:09 pm Bravo on the photo! You made that burger look incredible. Your readers have some great ideas too. You have the best followers! Congrats on being in CONTROL :)
    • Biz319
      January 11, 2017 at 10:04 pm Thanks Kym! The burger tasted as good as it looked - seriously I could eat this every week, and probably will :D
  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    January 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm You are so killin' it this year! Now I have to get on track! This turkey burger looks like a great way to start! And hey...it isn't called the windy city for nothin'!
  • Lisa
    January 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm I like turkey burgers a lot. I add a little smoked gouda and some buffalo wing sauce and they are delish! :)