Why is it that when I think of what I want to make for dinner, a good-ol’ homemade burger is always on the top of my list? My husband enjoys the fact that our date nights are often spent visiting some of our favorite burger joints. I think it’s the salty, cheesy, combinations that I just love (totally unhealthy I know!). Thus..the reason I came up with this turkey burger that is a little on the lighter side than a greasy beef burger. I saw a recipe similar to this on Studio 5 awhile back and have recreated the recipe to fit my family’s likes. The great thing about this burger is the turkey is not dry (my husband’s pet-pieve). The vinegar, egg & cheese in the ground turkey help the patty’s stay extra moist and flavorful. Since I am trying (haha!) to eat a little healthier this year, I ate this burger without a bun and it was still heavenly! This burger will be added to my monthly menu plan for sure! Enjoy 😉

Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
Ingredients
  1. Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
  2. Bruschetta
  3. 5 roma tomatoes, diced
  4. 1 t. balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 T. olive oil
  6. 3 T. basil, thinly sliced (fresh is best)
  7. 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. Salt & pepper to taste
  9. Dice the tomatoes into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add the balsamic, oilve oil, fresh basil, garlic and salt & pepper. Set aside until burgers are done.
  10. 6 ciabatta rolls, whole wheat buns or hamburger buns
  11. Turkey Burgers
  12. 2 lbs. lean ground turkey (you could also use chicken breasts that have been marinated in a little basil and balsamic)
  13. 1 garlic clove, minced
  14. 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  15. 1 t. dried basil
  16. 2 eggs
  17. 1/4 c. bread crumbs
  18. 1/2 t. black pepper
  19. 1 t. salt
  20. 1 c. shredded pepperjack or monterey jack cheese, shredded
  21. 6-8 slices of pepperjack cheese (for the tops of the burgers on the grill)
  22. Combine the turkey burger ingredients into the ground turkey and mix thoroughly. Once the turkey is mixed, form the meat into 6-8 large patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Spray or oil an outdoor grill and heat to a medium-high temperature. Place the patties on the grill and cook on both sides until the turkey is browned and no longer pink in the center (don't over cook or the turkey will be dry)--a little charring will give the burger good flavor. Place a slice of pepperjack cheese on top of each burger right before serving, and let melt slightly. Serve the patties on the buns with the bruschetta on top and a generous helping of the avocado mayo on each side of the bun.
  23. Avocado Mayo Spread
  24. 2 avocados, mashed
  25. 2/3 c. mayonnaise
  26. Salt and pepper to taste
  27. Dash cayenne pepper
  28. 1/4 t. garlic powder
  29. In a bowl, mash the peeled and pitted avocados. Add the mayonnaise and seasonings to taste.
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Instructions
  1. Bruschetta: Dice the tomatoes into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add the balsamic, oilve oil, fresh basil, garlic and salt & pepper. Set aside until burgers are done.
  2. 6 ciabatta rolls, whole wheat buns or hamburger buns
  3. Burger: Combine the turkey burger ingredients into the ground turkey and mix thoroughly. Once the turkey is mixed, form the meat into 6-8 large patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Spray or oil an outdoor grill and heat to a medium-high temperature. Place the patties on the grill and cook on both sides until the turkey is browned and no longer pink in the center (don't over cook or the turkey will be dry)--a little charring will give the burger good flavor. Place a slice of pepperjack cheese on top of each burger right before serving, and let melt slightly. Serve the patties on the buns with the bruschetta on top and a generous helping of the avocado mayo on each side of the bun.
  4. Avocado Spread: In a bowl, mash the peeled and pitted avocados. Add the mayonnaise and seasonings to taste.
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