Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

  • Active Time 50m
  • Total Time 50m

4 servings

These tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted foccacia and dressed with marinara sauce, are reminiscent of a sausage pizza. Shredded mozzarella combined with fresh basil melts beautifully inside these gems.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the marinara sauce (Step 1) for up to 5 days.

ingredients

  • For the 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
  • For the Burgers:
  • 1 pound 93 percent 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 mouncezarella 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
  • 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.

directions

FOR THE MARINARA:

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the 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, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the 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.

FOR THE BURGERS:

Place the 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.

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.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat (see Grilling Variation). Add the burgers and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 8-10 minutes total.

Warm the marinara on the stove. To assemble the burgers, spread 3 tablespoons of marinara on each toasted foccacia, 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 degrees F, 8-10 minutes total.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9446

nutrition information per serving

299 calories; 15g total fat; 4g total saturated fat; 74mg cholesterol; 706mg sodium; 14g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 28g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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