Jan 11, 2015

Copycat "ARENA" Burger

There are a lot of cool places to get inspiration for food.  Sometimes you have an amazing meal out at a restaurant.  Pinterest is a place where I often find inspiration.  However, attending a college basketball game isn't the first place I would have assumed inspiration would arrive, but it did.

A few weeks back I attended the Missouri vs. Illinois basketball game.  We had great seats with some great friends.

I was starving at the game and usually at events like this you are struggling to get anything remotely healthy.  Ball games are for beer, peanuts, hot dogs and pretzels right?? Which, I am all for splurging and having fun.  But,  I wasn't really hungry for a SNACK...I wanted a MEAL!!!

There was a burger place right behind our fantastic seats so I went to check it out.  They had the most LOADED burgers I have ever seen.  They even had veggie burgers.  However, the burger that caught my eye was the Turkey Burger.  I do NOT remember the name that it was given, but I do know that all the "fixins" they had planned for the burger was right up my alley...


Yes please!!!!!

So I ordered it and I was blown away.  So, of course, I had to try and re-create it.

I would say it turned out pretty good.  Basically I mixed a recipe we had already shared and then added more toppings.  Marta had posted this Italian Zucchini Turkey Burger recipe back in the day.  I just added the topping to what she already perfected.

I made these burgers at Adie's house and we did not have the Zucchini on hand, so we made the burgers with all the same ingredients except for the zucchini.  However, I think the zucchini would have made the burgers even better!!!!!

So here are the ingredients we used...

2 lb extra lean ground turkey breast
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper

For topping:

Pepper Jack Cheese
Salsa/Pico De Gallo

Mix all burger ingredients with spices in a large bowl.

Form your burgers.  I made 9, but next time I would make them a bit bigger because they shrunk up a lot.  So 8 burgers would probably be perfect.  Make sure you spray the baking dish with coconut oil!!

Set the broiler to High (around 500) and put the burgers about 2 inches below the burners.

Cook for 7 minutes on one side, then flip your burgers and cook for 7 more minutes on the other side!

While the burgers are broiling you can make your topping.  You have two choices...

You can make more of a pico de gallo or a "guacamole".  I love the cheaters version of guacamole. All we do is cut up an avocado and mix in our favorite Italian Rose salsa to a consistency that you like!!!!

Here is the salsa mixture...

So it's your choice in how to "finish" the burger off.  If you are doing dairy throw a thin slice of pepper jack cheese on the top and add your toppings!  Boom...you are done!!!!

 Guacamole on top!!!

Now, I'm no food photographer, but I will say these photos don't do the recipe justice.  These were YUM!!! And they were gone in like 10 seconds.  The kids even gobbled them up!!!  I hope you enjoy these burgers.  Look for food inspiration all over the place.  You may just be surprised!!!!!!!!!

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