Italiano Stuffed Turkey Burgers
A flavorful, healthy alternative to beef burgers.
- 1 lb ground turkey (preferably lean 90/10)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
- sea salt, cracked pepper
- 1/2 chopped onion or 1 package onion soup mix
- 2 cloves fresh garlic cloves chopped or 1 Tbs garlic powder
- 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 4 fresh spinach leaves, chopped
- 6 fresh mozzerella balls- Ciliegine (little cherry size) (ask at your deli counter for this size)
- 2 plum tomatoes, sliced (for garnish)
- 6 leaves of spinach or romaine lettuce (for garnish)
- 6 Kaiser rolls (toasted)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann’s preferably)
- 2 tsp sour cream
- salt, pepper, to taste
- 1 package of Italian herbs seasoning (I use Tastefully Simple’s Spinach and Herb mix for dips)
- In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper and spinach mixture. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate for at least two hours prior to making the burgers.
- For the burgers, combine the ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, onion or onion soup mix, garlic or garlic powder, salt/pepper, basil, and spinach leaves. Mix well.
- Take a small scoop (the size of 1 tbsp), and place one fresh mozzerella ball in the middle.
- Take an equal size (1 tbsp) and form around the ball. Mash between both palms to make flat.
- Repeat until all ground mixture is formed into patties.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- On a hot grill over medium heat, place all six patties on grill. Cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Additionally, toast the rolls on the grill for 1 minute.
- After each patty is cooked thoroughly (no pink in the middle), place on a platter to rest.
- Arrange patty on the roll with one slice of tomato and spinach leaf, and spread the chilled sauce on the roll.
Serve with your choice of side: sweet potato fries, chips, or fresh fruit. Mangia! Mangia!