August 27, 2012

Turkey Pesto Burgers

I'm always on the lookout for a new and interesting twist on a turkey burger. It's funny because there seems to be no in-between when it comes to turkey burgers. If it's bad, it's really bad. However, if it's good, it's fantastic. I find that there is no middle ground whatsoever. (The spectrum is from "flavorless cardboard" to "it's delicious and I don't miss the beef at all".) Thankfully, these Turkey Pesto Burgers were on the delicious meter. They were moist and flavorful. The pesto really added some zip to them. Also, I only had to use a wee bit of the mayo mixture on each bun, since the burgers already were seasoned with the pesto. All in all, this was one of the fantastic versions of the often unpredictable turkey burger.

Turkey Pesto Burger
Adapted From: Confessions of a Foodie Bride via Pinterest

1 lb. package of extra-lean ground turkey
4 Tbsp pesto (purchased or homemade)
Salt and pepper to taste

For serving:
4 slices of fresh mozzarella
4 Burger buns (whole wheat buns or whole wheat Sandwich Thins preferred)
Pesto mayo (stir together equal parts mayo and pesto with a couple drops of Balsamic)
Tomato slices
Basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar

Heat your grill to high.

Break apart the ground turkey into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Add basil pesto. If your pesto is very thin, consider using the low end of the range. If it's thick, you can add more. Lightly mix with your hands to distribute the pesto and then form 4 patties.

Cook ~4 minutes each side (to desired doneness or internal temp) and then top with slices of cheese during the last minute so it has time to melt.

Serve the turkey pesto burgers on buns with pesto mayo, fresh basil leaves, sliced tomato, and a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar.

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