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Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers

All of us get cravings for junk food - whip up these healthy, Italian-style burgers to get your nutritious fast-food fix!

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers

photo: eatingwell.com

Ingredients:

MARINARA SAUCE

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups chopped plum tomatoes, with juices

6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

BURGERS

1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

1/4 cup finely chopped scallions

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 4-inch-square slices foccacia bread, (about 2 ounces each), toasted. Try whole-wheat for a healthy touch!

Directions:

To prepare marinara: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in fresh tomatoes and any juices, sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in basil and remove from the heat. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to form a coarse-textured sauce. Return to the pan and set aside.

To prepare burgers: Place turkey, scallions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without overmixing, until evenly incorporated. Form into 8 thin patties about 4-inches wide and 3/8 inch thick.

Combine 1/4 cup cheese and basil and place an equal amount in the center of 4 patties. Cover with the remaining patties and crimp the edges closed.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat (see Grilling Variation). Add burgers and cook, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Warm the marinara on the stove. To assemble the burgers, spread 3 tablespoons of marinara on each toasted focaccia, top with a burger, about 3 more tablespoons of marinara and 1 tablespoon of the remaining cheese.

Grilling Variation: To grill the turkey burgers, preheat a grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, 8 to 10 minutes total.

Source: eatingwell.com

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