For most Americans, summertime is a time for cookouts featuring delicious and decadent food. However, for the almost 400,000 Americans who are on dialysis, there are certain dietary restrictions limiting their food and fluid options, which can make it challenging to enjoy summer barbeques with friends and family.
Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., star of the Food Network’s “Big Daddy’s House,” has partnered with Fresenius Medical Care to develop some dialysis-friendly recipes for patients so they can enjoy summertime foods, including a tasty Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger, perfect for people with kidney failure – as well as their families and friends – to enjoy this summer.
Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger
- 1½ pound ground turkey
- 1 jalapeno or 2 Tbsp finely diced jalapeno*
- Juice of 2 limes and zest** of 1
- 1 Tbsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
- 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
- 6 hamburger buns
Preheat outdoor grill (a George Foreman® grill may also be used). In a medium size bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients plus 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Make equal size burger patties and lightly brush with remainder 2 Tbsp of oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping once, or until an internal temperature of 165° F is reached. Top each with an equal amount of cheese and melt in a toaster oven or in oven on broil. Serve on a toasted bun. (If using George Foreman® grill, once cooked, unplug the grill and add cheese to the burger. Leave the grill open and allow the cheese to slightly melt.)
Calories 421 calories Trans Fat 0 grams
Protein 28 grams Cholesterol 97 milligrams
Carbohydrate 25 grams Potassium 382 milligrams
Total Fat 23 grams Phosphorus 286 milligrams
Saturated Fat 6 grams Sodium 344 milligrams
* When handling or cutting hot peppers, it is best to wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes.
Fresenius Medical Care North Coast Kidney Center is located at 3300 Vista Way in Oceanside, CA. For more information and recipes, visit: http://www.ultracare-dialysis.com/ or call 1-866-4-DIALYSIS (1-866-434-2597).