A tasty alternative to classic burgers. Cilantro is an all-around health supportive herb that aids in detoxification, expecially heavy metals. Organic turkey is a great source of protein as well as B vitamins and the immune-supportive minerals selenium and zinc. Chia seeds are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acid and calcium. These tiny little seeds pack a big nutritional punch. Chia also helps to keep the burgers moist by adding texture. These delicious patties can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy!
Mix coconut aminos and chia seeds together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Heat ghee or coconut oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until tender and transculent, about 5 minutes.
Add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in coconut aminos and cook about 1 minute. Remove mixture from heat to cool for 5-10 minutes in a medium mixing bowl.
Crumble ground turkey into bowl with onion mixture. Add chia seed mixture and cilantro. Mix gently to combine. (If you not in a hurry let burger meat rest in refrigerator from 2 hours to overnight to give ingredients a chance to mix well and develop flavor.)
Moisten hand with cold water and form burger meat into 1/2 inch patties about 3 inches in diameter.
Heat ghee or coconut oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add patties and cook for about three minutes on each side, turning only once. Do not press. Cook the patties in batches if nessesery.
Serve right away. Leftovers keep in refregirater for up to 5 days.
Adapted from Bauman College, Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, Natural Chef Recipe Book
*Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos is a soy-free seasoning sauce made from the nutrient-rich "sap" from coconut blossoms. A comparison between this coconut tree sap and soy shows that coconut sap contains 2-14 times the amino acid content of soy. This sap is raw, very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. Small batches ensure that Coconut Secret’s organic, low glycemic Coconut Aminos is made from this natural sap, is enzymatically alive, and is aged and blended with sun dried, mineral-rich sea salt, hand gathered from pristine waters near the southern islands of the Philippine coast. You can find cononut aminos in your local health food market or upscaled grocery stores.
*Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. "Chia" means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds unlike flaxseeds.
You can find chia seed in your local health food store or supermarket.
*Ghee comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "sprinkled," and it basically means that the milk fat is rendered from the butter to separate the milk solids and water. It’s made by melting butter and skimming the fat off of the top. You’ll be left with a yellow liquid when it’s hot and a creamy looking solid one when the ghee cools down. Since it’s made from the milk solids, the impurities have been removed, so people who are lactose intolerant usually have no problems consuming ghee. Because it cooks at a higher point than almost any other oil, it won’t break into free radicals like other ones. You can find ghee in your local health food market or upscaled grocery stores.