Southwest Burgers – Freezer Meal

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I really love having food prepared ahead of time and tucked away in my freezer.  Being prepared is half the battle when you are working on a healthier lifestyle.

This has always been my problem when I fall off the wagon and get drug behind if for a few miles.  I actually prefer healthy food over things like fast food.  My problem is I am always so so busy!

What’s really nice about this recipe is when I make the burgers I individually wrap them in parchment so I can just take a couple out.  The recipe makes four burgers, but when ground turkey or chicken go on sale I’ll make 3 or 4 pounds worth and have them at my ready in the freezer. With the cost of food skyrocketing, this has most definitely saved me some big time money.


These burgers pack a punch in the flavor department, and you’d never know you are eating something healthy!  I put them on a sandwich thin and the grand total is 6 SmartPoints when cooked on the grill!


1 lb.  ground turkey (or ground chicken)
1 Tablespoon Wildtree Garlic Grapeseed Oil (or your favorite oil)
2 Tablespoons Wildtree Fiesta Salsa Blend (or your favorite dry salsa blend)
1 Tablespoon Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub (Montreal Steak Seasoning is a good replacement)

Combine all ingredients in a freezer Ziploc and smush to blend. *Before freezing, you can shape meat into 4 patties, wrap in parchment and then freeze. Otherwise, the chicken is a little difficult to form into patties once thawed. I definitely recommend forming into patties before freezing.
When ready to serve, thaw bag in fridge. Heat 1 Tablespoon of Wildtree Garlic Grapeseed Oil (you will add a point a burger if you do this instead of the grill) in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. If using chicken where you didn’t pre-form the patties, spoon into the hot pan as the meat will be difficult to form into patties and pan fry or grill for about 5 min per side. If using turkey, form into patties and cook 5-6 min per side. Serve on buns with mayo or sour cream,  I like to add onions and tomatoes too 🙂
If you would like to try Wildtree products, you can order from my website.  I always try to put substitutions up for you all, but I’m kind of biased to the Wildtree way 🙂

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