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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Posted by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:12 AM
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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers RecipeThese tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted focaccia and dressed with marinara sauce, are reminiscent of a sausage pizza. Shredded mozzarella combined with fresh basil melts beautifully inside these gems.


From EatingWell:  May/June 2008

Yield: 4 servings

Active Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients
Marinara Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped plum tomatoes, with juices
  • 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Burgers

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 4-inch-square slices foccacia bread, (about 2 ounces each), toasted

Preparation

  1. To prepare marinara: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in fresh tomatoes and any juices, sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in basil and remove from the heat. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to form a coarse-textured sauce. Return to the pan and set aside.
  2. To prepare burgers: Place turkey, scallions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 8 thin patties about 4-inches wide and 3/8 inch thick.
  3. Combine 1/4 cup cheese and basil and place an equal amount in the center of 4 patties. Cover with the remaining patties and crimp the edges closed.
  4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat (see Grilling Variation). Add burgers and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.
  5. Warm the marinara on the stove. To assemble the burgers, spread 3 tablespoons of marinara on each toasted focaccia, top with a burger, about 3 more tablespoons of marinara and 1 tablespoon of the remaining cheese. Grilling Variation: To grill the turkey burgers, preheat a grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the patties, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Tips & Notes
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the marinara sauce (Step 1) for up to 5 days.
  • Tip: To oil the grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition Per serving:

299 calories; 15 g fat (4 g sat, 5 g mono); 74 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 706 mg sodium; 382 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv), Calcium & Iron (15% dv).

1 Carbohydrate Serving



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by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:12 AM
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emilyrosenj
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 6:23 AM
Yum!
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kmqw229
by Bronze Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Ohh yummy!!
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Hottmomma607
by Silver Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM
You had me at turkey burgers!! ♡
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Juniper53098
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM

TFS

shadenn766
by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM

 delicious

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by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Sounds really yummy :)

4kidz916
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

We love turkey burgers and these sound like a great way to change them up a bit. 

aidensmomma508
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

that looks really good *drool*

JennMcBride
by Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:03 AM
Oh now I'm hungry!
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natesmom1228
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

These look really good. All we eat is ground turkey. I am going to have to make these.

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