Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

These tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted foccacia and dressed with marinara sauce, are reminiscent of a sausage pizza. Shredded mozzarella combined with fresh basil melts beautifully inside these gems.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Marinara Sauce

  • 2

    teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1

    small onion, finely chopped

  • 4

    clove(s) garlic, minced

  • 2

    cup(s) chopped plum tomatoes, with juices

  • 6

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

  • 1/2

    teaspoon(s) salt

  • 1/2

    teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper

  • 2

    tablespoon(s) chopped fresh basil

  • Burgers

  • 1

    pound(s) 93% lean ground turkey

  • 1/4

    cup(s) finely chopped scallions

  • 2

    teaspoon(s) minced garlic

  • 2

    teaspoon(s) Worcestershire sauce

  • 1

    teaspoon(s) freshly grated lemon zest

  • 1/2

    teaspoon(s) dried oregano

  • 1/2

    teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4

    teaspoon(s) salt

  • 1/2

    cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 2

    tablespoon(s) finely chopped fresh basil

  • 2

    teaspoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4

    slice(s) (about 2 ounces each) foccacia bread, sliced

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 degrees 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 foccacia, 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 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

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