Cumin-Scented Turkey Burgers with Tomato Salsa

Aired July 4, 2013

Serves 1 serving
For the Turkey Burgers
4 1/2 ounces ground turkey
1 scallion (green onion), finely chopped
1 small egg, beaten
1/2 red chile, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Salt and pepper
For the Salsa
3 ripe tomatoes, halved and seeded
1 or 2 whole green chiles
1/2 small onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Coarse sea salt and pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
A squeeze of lemon juice
1/2 avocado, chopped (optional)

Combine the turkey, scallion, 1 tablespoon of the egg, the chile, garlic, cumin,and

coriander. Season with salt and pepper. Leave to marinate for half an hour in the fridge.

Shape into 2 patties and broil or grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, till cooked through.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the tomatoes (cut side down), chiles and onion (cut side down) in a small baking pan; roast till just charred. When cooled, halve the chiles and scoop out the seeds. Place the chiles in a mortar and pound with a pestle or grind in a mini food processor. Add the garlic, sugar, and salt. Add the tomatoes and crush with a fork or pulse briefly until combined. Stir in the cilantro, lemon juice and onion; season with pepper. If your calorie budget allows, add the avocado.

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