Now I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to burgers, I usually prefer beef. So if you see the name of this blog title and think, eh – not for me, I was hesitant as well. But fear not my beef-loving friend because these flavorful (and lean!) turkey burgers pack quite a flavorful punch. They also completely satisfy a burger craving. What’s more, they are simple, don’t require exact measurements, and are even great leftover. These prerequisites are necessary, especially as August moves closer to September and daylight slips away earlier and earlier. More time should be spent playing and sweating (or doing whatever you’d rather be doing) than on measuring out exact ingredients. So if you’re looking to spice up your weekly protein, I hope you’ll try these Sun Dried Tomato Turkey Burgers!
One quick note before you get started: if you’re not going to grill outside, I highly recommend using some sort or grill pan. I happen to love mine which is an older version of this. Grilling outside is awesome, but this pan totally does the trick as well.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
- 3/4 cup (more or less depending on preference) sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped (I use California Sun Dry)
- About 3-4 tablespoons of oil from the tomato jar
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Salt & Pepper
- Fresh mozzarella cheese
- Bread or roll to your liking. I use a bread on the sweeter side with raisins (don’t knock it til you try it)! Specifically, I like this kind from Vermont Bread.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except cheese and bread and mix with clean hands (hey, saves on dishes!)
- Divide into four even patties and set aside*
- Heat up the grill pan (or grill) and drizzle a little vegetable oil (this is optional, but I always prefer a little more oil and a little less sticking)
- Once the pan is hot, place burgers evenly on surface. Cook on medium heat for about 7 minutes.
- Flip after 7 minutes and add the fresh mozzarella right away.
- Cook another 7 minutes. If the time is nearing its end and the cheese hasn’t melted enough, you can cover loosely with a piece of aluminum foil and that should help the cheese finish melting
- Once the burgers are cooked to your liking, toast up a few pieces of bread or rolls. I butter mine because I hate condiments (yep, it’s true) and then place the burger between two slices.
That’s it! This really is so easy, but the basil and sun dried tomatoes make this dish just a tad fancier and more flavorful than what we usually have. My husband and I often enjoy this after our kids go to bed, rather than eating all together. Eating dinner once in a while without needing to feed the baby or ask my toddler a hundred times to please sit down is so relaxing.
If you make this, I’d love to hear what you think!
*Mom Tip! I sometimes do this first step while my daughter is napping and my son is busy playing (it’s really that quick) and I’ll set aside in the fridge until they’re ready to cook later that evening.