recipe

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 30 min
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • Marinara Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups chopped plum tomatoes, with juices

  • 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil



  • Burgers

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 4-inch-square sliceses foccacia bread (about 2 ounces each), toasted

Directions

  • 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. Grill the patties, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

    Tips
    MAKE AHEAD TIPS
    Cover and refrigerate the marinara sauce (Step 1) for up to 5 days.

    HOW TO
    Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. 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.

COOK TO A SAFE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 165°F. ALWAYS use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature. Do not rely solely on suggested cooking times. Cooking appliances vary in temperature and cooking times are a GUIDE ONLY.