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Italiano Stuffed Turkey Burgers

A flavorful, healthy alternative to beef burgers.

Italiano Stuffed Turkey 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Take a small scoop (the size of 1 tbsp), and place one fresh mozzerella ball in the middle.

Making turkey burgers

  1. Take an equal size (1 tbsp) and form around the ball. Mash between both palms to make flat.
  2. Repeat until all ground mixture is formed into patties.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. 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.
  5. After each patty is cooked thoroughly (no pink in the middle), place on a platter to rest.
  6. Arrange patty on the roll with one slice of tomato and spinach leaf, and spread the chilled sauce on the roll.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with your choice of side: sweet potato fries, chips, or fresh fruit. Mangia! Mangia!

Tags: American, barbecue, turkey, burger, sandwich

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