The Recovery Burger aka Teriyaki Turkey Burgers


I was really impatient waiting for The New Abs Diet Cookbook to arrive. I couldn't wait to see what new recipes were included and just how many recipes were repeats I had from previous books. I will admit, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the majority of the recipes in this book are new.

One thing that really impressed me is there is a section on grilling. When I don't feel like heating up the apartment by turning on the oven or sometimes even the stove, I love that I can pull out our Cuisinart Griddler and make something on there quickly. So I was immediately drawn to the grilling section where I found the recipe for this burger.

The Recovery Burger a.k.a
Teriyaki Turkey Burgers
Source: The New Abs Diet Cookbook, page 202
Servings: 4
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    • 1 lb. ground turkey
    • 6 tbsp. teriyaki sauce, divided 
    • 4 slices red onion
    • 4 slices fresh pineapple
    • 4 slices Swiss cheese
    • 1 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced
    • 4 whole wheat burger buns, toasted 
1. Preheat your grill.
2. Form the ground beef into 4 patties. Brush each patty with teriyaki sauce.
3. Place burgers, onion, and pineapple on the grill. Grill burgers for 4-5 minutes per side and pineapple and onion 1-2 minutes per side.
4. Spread the remaining teriyaki sauce over the burger buns. Top the turkey burgers with cheese and let melt.
5. Assemble the burgers on the bun, topped with a red onion and pineapple slice and a few rounds of jalapeno slices.

There are three (3) Power Foods in this recipe; ground turkey, whole-wheat buns and Swiss cheese. I'll be honest, there isn't a ton of flavor in this recipe. It could easily be doctored up by adding some extra teriyaki sauce, which we did, or by including some salt and pepper. Overall, it wasn't bad, but if you're one of those people who can't stand to eat "diet" food, just because you know its diet food, this recipe won't work out for you.

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