Monday, April 7, 2014

Turkey Bruschetta Burgers

This warm weather is turning my life around.  I am welcoming spring in a major way - I could not be happier! I've started walking the pup every day, upping my vegetable game, planning out my herb garden, and in general I just have a little more pep in my step.  It's amazing what a toll a long winter can have on your body and attitude. 

This week I thought i'd try my hand at a light burger and these Turkey Bruschetta Burgers were too good not to share.  These burgers are hearty, melty, meaty and flavorful, just like a burger should be, but light on the calories.  We skipped the buns, but i'm sure they would be delish on a bun as well. 

Harris Teeter brand Bruschetta Topping is one of my favorite prepared products.  It has a delicious, rich tomato flavor and is great on bread alone, atop burgers, and sometimes I even blend it in my tomato sauces for extra flavor. 

I prepared my burgers in a pan but I'm sure they'd be great on the grill too.  Enjoy! 

Ingredients:
* 1.5 lb. ground turkey (I used 93% lean)
* 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley
* 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
* 1/2 tsp. onion powder
* 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
*1/2 tbsp. butter
* 2 tsp. olive oil
* pre-sliced mozzarella/provolone blended cheese (or choose one or the other)
* prepared Bruschetta topping

In a bowl, mix turkey, parsley, oregano, garlic and onion powder until just combined.  Form into 4 equal patties. Preheat a pan over medium high heat and add butter and olive oil (the butter helps give the burgers a nice brown crust; skip this if you're grilling the burgers).  Add the burgers to the pan and saut√© until the turkey is cooked through, about 8 minutes per side.  Reduce heat if the burgers start to burn. 

When the burgers are cooked through, reduce heat to medium low, top each with a slice of cheese and loosely cover until the cheese is melted, about a minute.  Top each burger with a heaping tablespoon of Bruschetta topping.  Enjoy! 

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