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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

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.

Ingredients
Prep: 50 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small
    onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 2 cups
    plum tomatoes, chopped, with juices
  • oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 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
    basil, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4-inch-square slices foccacia bread, (about 2 ounces each), toasted
Instructions
  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.
Tip

Grilling Variation: To grill the turkey burgers: Preheat a grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Nutritional Information

Makes: 4 servings
  • Calories300
  • Fat15 g
    • Saturated fat4 g
  • Cholesterol74 mg
  • Carbohydrates14 g
    • Dietary fiber2 g
  • Protein28 g
  • Sodium706 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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