Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

These 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.

Bruce Aidells

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

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    Ingredients

    2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
    1 small onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 cups chopped plum tomatoes, with juices 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
    6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 4 4-inch-square slices foccacia bread, (about 2 ounces each), toasted
    1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

    directions

    Prep: 50 min Total: 60 min
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    • 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 165F, 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 165F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

    notes

    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.

    nutritional information

    Calories:
    300
    Fiber:
    2 g
    Fat:
    15 g
    Saturated Fat:
    4 g
    Carbohydrates:
    14 g
    Protein:
    28 g
    Sodium:
    706 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    5 g
    Exchanges:
    1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat
    Cholesterol:
    74 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    1
    Potassium:
    386 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv), Calcium & Iron (15% dv).
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