I love these burgers. I make them about twice a month, especially if I can get one or two of the main ingredients on sale. For $9.65 you can make 4 very tasty and super healthy burgers.

The pineapple salsa is cooked with a touch of sesame oil. I think it really adds something and I like to use it, but if anyone out there knows of a cheaper substitute please let me know. If you don’t like the taste of sesame or are just trying these out for the first time and don’t want to go splurge on bottle of sesame oil I’m sure another kind of oil would work. I also just guessed on how much pineapple I use. I usually cut up a small bowl’s worth in bite size pieces for the kids to munch on and then use the rest for the salsa. The salsa should be mostly pineapple.

Also, I’m sending out a request for your favorite frugal recipes. I’m trying hard to provide a tasty, healthy, frugal meal every week but I’m running out of ideas. So please email me at diaperbagdiva[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any recipes you think would be good for this series. Thanks!

Thai Turkey Burgers

Pineapple Salsa
2/3 fresh ripe pineapple ($2)
1 tablespoon sesame oil (41 cents)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. (less than a penny)
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped. ($1.40)
1/4 red onion, finely chopped. (15 cents)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (7 cents)

1 and 1/3 ground turkey breast ($3)
1 inch fresh gingerroot peeled and grated, or 2 pinches ground ginger (30 cents)
2 cloves garlic, minced (12 cents)
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (20 cents)
2 teaspoons curry powder (50 cents)
course salt to taste (less than a penny)
4 cornmeal topped rolls, or 4 toasted sandwich-size English muffins ($1.50)

Drain pineapple and cut into pieces that will fit in food processor. Place in processor and process to a coarse, chunky texture. heat sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium-high heat until oil smokes. Add bell pepper and onions and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add pineapple and heat through. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let the salsa hang out in the warm pan while you cook burgers.

Heat a non stick skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat. Combine turkey, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, curry powder, and salt. Form into 4 patties and cook on skillet. 4 minutes on each side. Serve on rolls with lots of warm pineapple salsa.

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