Blogger Extreme Food Makeover by David Moss of Get Sauced

Blogger: Dave Moss of Get Sauced
Challenge: Burgers

Here’s how I came up with the dish:

The hamburger is an American classic. Whether it’s done up with sautéed mushrooms, bacon and cheddar, or just some lettuce, tomato and onion, everybody likes a good burger.

Tasked with making over this classic dish, I was tempted to cook up a black bean burger. Definitely healthy, and it’s something I’ve recently made.

When I saw the secret ingredients though, I was inspired by the choice of “curry powder,” which reminded me of a new Indian restaurant I visited last week. I decided to take the classic burger and fries, and give it an Indian-inspired spin.

Here’s the recipe:

Burger

Turkey burger with sweet potato fries and a salad

Combine the following in a bowl:

1 tsp fresh minced garlic or garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garam masala
¼ cup frozen corn
Chopped onion (small)
Squeeze of lemon juice

Fold mixture into one pound of fresh ground turkey (purchased at Hiller’s –they grind their own).

Form four patties, and fire up the grill or a cast-iron skillet.

Grill approximately for seven minutes each side, or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees. I put a nice sear on the burgers to start with, turn for grill marks, and then flip.

I served the burgers on whole wheat buns, with greens, tomato and a dollop of curried mayonnaise*.

Curried Mayo

1/8 cup of mayo
1/8 cup Greek yogurt
2-3 teaspoons curry powder (or adjust to your liking)
Squeeze of fresh lemon
*substituting Greek yogurt for half the mayo brings down calories and makes this a healthier alternative. It tastes good too!

A side of fries

Thanks to McDonald’s, we’ve been programmed to think that eating salty deep fried white potatoes is a good thing. They may be tasty, but a large order of McDonald’s fries packs in 500 calories! For this makeover, I decided to make my fries with sweet potatoes. Rather than deep frying and loading on the salt, I seasoned them with some garam masala, and baked them. You get a dish exploding with flavor, and packed with antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and fiber.

Preheat oven to 450. Wash and peel the potatoes. Make ½ inch slices and toss in a bowl with a little drizzled olive oil. Lay out evenly on a foiled baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garam masala. Bake approx 30 minutes, or until tender.

Side salad

Just some greens, lettuce, tomato, yellow pepper and fresh fennel. Homemade
Vinaigrette.

Dessert

Roasted plum dessert


I love plums, and thought it would be a good idea to do something a little different with them. Stone fruit cooks up nicely, either grilled, roasted or stewed.

Cut plums in half.
Turn open side up on baking sheet.
Add a dab of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and allspice.
Roast 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Expenses

The spices, mayo, frozen corn, salad items, yogurt, oil and vinegar were all things already in my kitchen.

I purchased two secret ingredients—plums and fennel, and three other key ingredients–ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and burger buns.

Ground Turkey-$3.99
Buns-$2.99
Sweet potatoes-$2.84
Plums-$2.25
Fennel-$2.78

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