Saturday, June 12, 2010

30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals: Day 6 - Nicola's Turkey Burgers

Welcome to 30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals!

Day 6: G-free Mom's Homemade Turkey Burgers

My son has been on a gluten free diet for just over three weeks now and so (by default) has the rest of the family. I’m pretty new to this game, but am learning fast and am loving sharing the experience and getting great feedback and increased knowledge along the way.

Ginger lemon girl has it absolutely right. Trying to make quick and easy healthy gluten free meals for my kids (who are 7 and 4), every day is quite some challenge. When I was told to change my 7 year old's diet, I started by getting all fancy and complicated. I was trawling through cookbooks endlessly, spending far too much time in the grocery store looking for ingredients and then putting the kids in front of tv for up to an hour, just to hear them say “that looks yukky”.

I’ve quickly changed tactics and now I’m all about finding stuff that my kids love, making a gluten and dairy free version of it and aiming to do it in 30 minutes or under. I’ve concluded that meal making shouldn’t encroach more on my quality time with my kids than absolutely necessary. Any baking gets done at weekends, evenings, or with the kids.

My son’s well being, behavior, and mood in general has changed significantly since we changed our diet. He tells everyone that “it’s a healthier way of life.” I tend to agree.

I talk about our daily challenges, share my findings and post recipe ideas on

G-free Mom's Homemade Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 large burgers

1lb turkey mince (ground turkey)
3 salad onions (scallions), finely chopped
Handful of Italian flat leafed parsley, finely chopped
Black pepper, to taste
Olive oil to baste

This is as easy and as tasty as it gets:

1. Mix all of the ingredients
2. Shape into 4 burgers
3. Brush with olive oil and pop on the BBQ, on a griddle, or in a frying pan until burgers are cooked through.
4. Enjoy with gluten free ketchup, gluten free pasta and some kid friendly vegetables.

About G-free Mom:
Nicola is a new gluten free mom & blogger. Nicola is brand new to cooking gluten free meals for her son, yet she's already sharing her easy & quick G-free recipes! Many thanks Nicola for sending your wonderful recipe!!


Stay tuned to Day 7 of 30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals. Tomorrow Erica, of Erica Miss America, will be cooking with Shirataki noodles and fresh greens! I can't wait!

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  1. Three weeks! A newbie! I like your approach - especially with kids, you can't spend hours in the kitchen trying to change their tastes. Better to make something familiar - burgers! You seem to be coping well - I am proud of you! And blogging is a great way to keep connected with the rest of the gluten-free world. There are a lot of great ideas out there, and it's a wonderful source of support!

  2. Nicola--I thought I'd commented on this mouth-watering recipe, but must have planned on coming back and forgot to. I think you are doing an amazing job for so early in the game! Bravo! It will get easier and easier, I promise. Soon you'll look back and be surprised how easily you can live gluten free and how much you are enjoying it and feeling great, too. :-) You're right ... your turkey burgers are as easy and tasty as it gets! Thanks!


  3. MMMMMMMMMMM,..lovely juicy burgers!!

    They look so appetizing too!

  4. I love ground turkey! One recipe I use is much like yours, with parsley and cracked pepper, but also 1/2 oz - 1 oz of crumbled feta cheese. Would be lovely on the grill, but I haven't tried that yet.