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Basil Turkey Burgers with Grilled Vegetables & Muenster Cheese

Source: National Turkey Federation
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  12 servings
Basil, sweet onion and Parmesan season the patties while an easy aioli and Muenster cheese bringing home the flavor.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For the Turkey Burgers:
3 pounds ground turkey
1/3 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
9 ounces sweet onion, minced
3 large eggs
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cups panko or coarse style bread crumbs
To taste salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Grilled Vegetables:
3 medium eggplants, peeled and sliced thin
3 medium zucchini, sliced thin on the bias
1/3 cup olive oil

For the Mayonnaise:
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup prepared heavy-duty mayonnaise

For Assembly:
1-1/2 pounds Muenster cheese, sliced thin
12 leaves leaf lettuce, washed, dried and chilled
24 thin slices red ripe tomato
12 each Kaiser rolls
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DIRECTIONS
FOR THE TURKEY BURGERS:
Gently and thoroughly combine ground turkey, basil, onion, eggs, Parmesan, vinegar, bread crumbs, salt and black pepper. Form into 5-ounce patties. Cover and reserve in refrigerator.


FOR THE MAYONNAISE:
Combine basil, vinegar and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill in refrigerator.


GRILLING:
Toss sliced vegetables in a mixing bowl with oil and salt and pepper. Place sliced vegetables on char-grill. Cook on both sides until tender. Reserve.


Grill turkey burgers on char-grill, turning once until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove to an oven-proof dish.


TO ASSEMBLE:
Assemble grilled eggplant and zucchini on top of turkey burgers.


Top each burger with 2-ounces of Muenster cheese. Melt in preheated broiler.


Toast Kaiser buns on char-grill. Remove to plates and assemble burgers with lettuce and tomato slices. Serve with basil mayonnaise on the side.


Recipe reprinted by permission of National Turkey Federation. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/29/2009
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   12 servings
Calories: 880
Fat. Total: 50g
Fiber: 7g
Carbohydrates, Total: 56g
Sodium: 1450mg
% Cal. from Fat: 51%
Cholesterol: 195mg
Protein: 49g
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