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Basil Pesto Turkey Burgers with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Published July 1, 2012 by jenmatteson

There is something about pesto and sun-dried tomatoes that goes so well together; it’s like chocolate and peanut butter, or peanut butter and jelly.  Wait…does peanut butter go with everything?  Okay, well probably not with pesto or sun-dried tomatoes.  Anyway, I’ve made pesto turkey burgers in the past, and since I just made my very own basil pesto, I thought I’d give it whirl with my turkey burgers.  I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t have fresh tomatoes to add to my burgers, but then I thought, well why don’t I give the sun-dried tomatoes a try.  Good thing I did, because it was a match made in heaven and the burgers were super delish.

I served these on sandwich thins with a little Miracle Whip and lettuce.  Raw onions would have been a great addition, but I didn’t really think of it until my first bite of the burger.  Nate’s burger (pictured below) was topped with a mozzarella-provalone mix.

Basil Pesto Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Source: Pigzilla Original
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey, extra lean
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp basil pesto
2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat grill (or skillet).  In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, olive oil, pesto, and tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Gentley mix together with hands and form into four patties.

2. Over medium-low heat, grill burgers for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.  Serve on buns with desired garnishments.

Hummus Turkey Burgers

Published May 28, 2012 by jenmatteson

The first time I had this burger, my bestie and I were having a girls night; she was in charge of getting the food, I was bringing the wine.  She found this recipe on Food Network for us to throw together, and it was a big win.  She claims to not be able to cook, but she can.  She even improvised on the cucumber salad and added some red onion.  Great addition my friend!  The hummus really gives the turkey a lot of flavor, and the burgers were moist with a creamy texture.

I made these for Nate and myself with a few small changes to the herbs and toppings.  I actually ran out of hummus, so instead of spreading that on the bun (I used Flat-Outs), I used Greek yogurt.  It really added a touch of tanginess to the rich flavor of the burger. The cucumber salad was a bonus that added a nice crunch to the overall texture.  If you’re trying to change up your boring burgers, give this burger a try.  It’s simple, healthy, and popping with flavor!

Hummus Turkey Burgers

Source: Adapted from Food Network
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 red onion, diced fine
1/2 cup feta, crumbled (optional – I didn’t use)
1 lb lean ground turkey (I used extra lean)
1 cup hummus (I used homemade roasted red pepper hummus)
1/2 cup cilandro, roughly chopped
4 Flat-Outs, pita pockets, or buns
4 tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tomato, sliced

Directions:

!. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar and olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.  In a medium bowl, mix cucumber, onion, and feta.  Dress with vinaigrette, and refrigerate.

2. In a medium bowl, mix ground turkey, hummus, and cilantro lightly with your fingertips, careful not to overwork.  If you are using extra lean ground turkey, add 1 tbsp olive oil to keep the burgers nice and moist.  Divide mixture into 4 equal sections and work into patties.  Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper.  Grill over medium heat until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes on each side.

3. Spread Flat-Out, pita, or buns with yogurt on each side.  Add tomatoes and burger, and top with cucumber salad.

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