Arugula Turkey Burger Buns

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Don’t you hate it when your produce starts to go before you’ve had time to use it?! I get a little overzealous at Whole Foods sometimes and buy more than my family and I can eat in a week. The result is wilted lettuce and a bunch of expiration dates that all seem to hit around the same day. Such was the case today. I had ground turkey, onions, tomatoes, bagged arugula, avocado and mushrooms that all needed immediate attention or they’d be making it into the garbage can. I urge you to cook what you can when those expiration dates appear, and then figure out what you’ll do with them later. I decided to make turkey, onion and arugula patties that would actually end up the buns for all the other produce I needed to use up. The result was a symphony of beautiful flavors and textures that was also low carb and FULL of antioxidants.

Arugula Turkey Burger Buns

By November 10, 2015

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All the fillings sauteed and ready for burger making. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand. My recipe includes all the things I needed to use up

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Tell you have things perish every week? What tends to not get used in time? For me, it's bagged spinach. I have every intention of making salads or adding it to my kids' smoothies, but because it's a pretty wet veggie, it seems to go bad pretty quickly. Let me know yours by leaving a comment.

  • Prep Time : 10 minutes
  • Cook Time : 18 minutes
  • Rating 5 stars - based on 1 review(s)
  • Yield : 6


  1. Using a spiralizer, use a C blade to "spaghetti" the sweet potato (or shred with a cheese grater). Coat a skillet with cooking spray and add the sweet potatoes and salt. Stir fry over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes or until they're soft. (I like mine slightly crispy and dark, so I go for 8 minutes). I often make the patties while my potatoes are cooking.
  2. In a medium bowl, break apart the turkey and mash in the arugula, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix until well combined, then form 12 patties. Press the patties down so they're thin.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes from skillet and set aside. Coat skillet again with cooking spray and add the patties. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes per side. De-glaze the pan with a few tablespoons of water and continue cooking until the turkey is cooked through.
  5. Remove from pan and coat again with cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  6. Assemble the burgers by filling two patties with desired ingredients, and serve.
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