Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Krystal McDow

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@kmcdow

I got this from eatingwell.com

Nutrition: 299 calories; 15g fat (4g sat, 5g mono); 74mg cholesterol; 14g carbs; 28g protein; 2g fiber; 706mg sodium; 382mg potassium; 35% Vitamin C; 20% Vitamin A; 15% Calcium & Iron


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Serves:

4

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Grill

Ingredients

MARINARA SAUCE

2 tsp
extra-virgin olive oil
1 small
onion, finely chopped
4
garlic cloves, minced
2 c
chopped plum tomatoes, with juice
6
oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp
chopped fresh basil

BURGERS

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

Directions Step-By-Step

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.
6
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.
7
TIP & NOTES:
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the marinara sauce (Step 1) for up to 5 days. You can also use store bought marinara sauce if pressed for time.
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.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Healthy