This week’s pick for Craving Ellie in my Belly was Stuffed Turkey Burgers, chosen by Peggy of Pantry Revisited. I was pretty excited to make these as I have never made stuffed burgers or any type of burger that was healthy before.
The burgers turned out just okay, a lot better than they look in the photo though! These burgers were not very photogenic. I don’t know if they weren’t better because I didn’t use a grill (I don’t have one, I used a grill pan) or maybe I didn’t season them well enough (although I did season the meat before I formed the patties so they’d be seasoned inside and out) but the burgers just didn’t have that wow factor. They definitely needed more cheese, the amount called for didn’t seem like enough. However, I will admit that forming these patties was kind of messy for me and mozzarella did end up in a lot of places besides inside the patties.
Either way, I served them to my mom and brother and they still enjoyed them. I’m sure after a few tweaks and learning some better and neater patty forming skills, this recipe would be a lot tastier. The nice thing is, though, that this recipe is cheap, quick, easy, and adaptable.
Note: I used Sara Lee Whole Wheat Buns with these which I later realized was a mistake: the third ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup! Third! Gross. I’ve realized that pretty much all Sara Lee bread products has high fructose corn syrup.
Stuffed Turkey Burgers
From The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
- 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey breast
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Divide turkey into 4 equal sized rounds. Make 2 equal sized patties out of each round so you have 8 patties total. Sprinkle 4 of the patties with 2 tablespoons red peppers and cheese, and top with remaining patties, working the turkey around the edges to seal burgers closed. Season with salt and a few grinds of pepper. Grill or broil until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.