When I got the latest issue of Cooking light, I was tantalized by their “Secrets of Juicy Healthy Burgers” headline. One of the recipes was for a turkey burger with roasted eggplant puree. Sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. And boy am I glad I did. I was easily the best turkey burger I’ve ever had. By far. I’d take one of these over a hamburger any day.
The secret ingredient is marmite. Marmite is a concentrated yeast paste found in supermarket baking aisles and health-food stores. Just a quarter teaspoon, but man did it make a huge flavor impact. And the eggplant puree itself gave the burgers a fantastic moist consistency. All around and A+.
My modifications to their recipe included using lean ground turkey (7% fat) instead of grinding my own, and I used the whole eggplant. Not sure why they recommend skinning it, but the skin ads great color and nutrients to the dish.
I served them on EarthGrains Thin Buns, with some arugula and tomato. Mmmmmm. I want another.