Moroccan Turkey Burgers with Roasted Corn Relish and Spinach Salad

turkey_ysm_2One of the first things we learned at culinary school was the fact that there are many different factors that can impact the guest’s experience. One of the most shocking was that initial presentation/visual intake is one of the largest determining factors in rather or not a guest will fully enjoy their meal. Regardless of how flavorful and balanced your food may be if your first, visual, impression is not a good one your brain will be unable to trigger all of the positive reactions therefor, you or the guest will be less satisfied. I found that to be quite shocking because of how nominal I regarded eyesight in my everyday life personally, and professionally.

Our vision dictates so many things in our lives. It allows us to see our loved ones, the beautiful scenery, see your favorite colors and is tied into our memories. All this being said taking care of our eyesight is something that is extremely important and often overlooked. By utilizing these recipes we will learn about all the different types of food that hold essential nutrients to ensure we do not take our vision for granted.

The key to eating your way to healthier eyesight is finding foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and vitamin C and E. Zeaxanthin and lutein are extremely high in antioxidants that will help prevent retinal damage, cataracts and general age related degeneration of your eyes. Vitamin E is readily found in nuts. Vitamin E will also help in the onset of cataracts. It will be found in nuts like peanuts, pistachios, almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts. Turkey also has a high amount of zinc, and calcium, which are crucial for the muscles in your eyes to be healthy.


Moroccan Turkey Burgers with Roasted Corn Relish and Spinach Salad


Turkey Burgers

1lb. Ground Turkey Breast

3 Scallions- thinly sliced

1 ½ Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Cumin

1 Tablespoon Coriander

1 ½ Teaspoons Smoked Paprika

3 Garlic Gloves – minced

1 Lime – juiced and zest



turkey_ysmRoasted Corn Relish

4  Ears of Corn – Sweet

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 ½ Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Lemon – Juiced

1 Lime – Juice and zest

1-Tablespoon Cumin

½ Tablespoon Coriander

¼ Tablespoon Smoked Paprika

Fresh Basil – chopped





Mix turkey meat with all ingredients and allow to sit for flavors to marry. Make patties. (I made them into 4oz.)

Chop all ingredients for relish. Roast corn, husk removed, in oven with olive oil, S/P until golden brown. Allow to cool, removing with knife from cob. Mix all ingredients. (The longer time the relish has to rest the better the flavor)

Add patties to medium temperature grill and allow to cook on both sides until temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Toss Spinach with lemon juice and olive oil.

Serve on top of bed of dressed greens with relish on top.