What is a healthy burger recipe for people with diabetes?

Satisfy your burger craving without loading up on carbs with this recipe. The burgers get a touch of Southwest flavor from cumin and garlic -- and tofu, the recipe's secret ingredient, keeps the ground turkey moist and juicy.

Click below to see how chef Michel Nischan pulls together a healthy burger.

Southwestern Turkey Burger


10 oz ground turkey
1 oz silken tofu, equal to 2 tablespoons
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp minced garlic
cooking spray
2 tbsp salsa (optional)
2 tbsp sour cream (optional)
1/2 medium avocado, cut into 6 slices (optional)
4 pieces green lettuce leaf, about the size of a burger


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, tofu, cumin, and garlic. Mix well. Form two patties.
3. Heat oven-proof skillet over medium. Mist both sides of each burger with cooking spray. Cook 3-1/2 minutes per side.
4. Transfer skillet to oven and bake five minutes or until cooked through.
5. Let stand 5 minutes to cool slightly. Place each burger on piece of lettuce leaf. Garnish each burger with 1 tablespoon salsa, 1 tablespoon of sour cream, and three slices of avocado, if desired. Top with remaining lettuce slices.

Makes 2 servings

Amount Per Serving
Note: Optional items are not included in nutritional facts.

Calories 259.7
Total Carbs 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Total Fat 15.9 g
Saturated Fat 4.5 g
Unsaturated Fat 11.4 g
Potassium 376 mg
Protein 26.6 g
Sodium 192.2 mg

Continue Learning about Diabetes


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is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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