Monday, May 7, 2012

Turkey Parmesan Burgers


These burgers are quick and tasty. Perfect for a quick weekday meal. Overall, this is not a very exacting recipe so feel free to make adjustments. In particular, I like to be very liberal with the fresh basil.

Turkey Parmesan Burgers

8 slices toasted bread of your choice
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided, plus 12 large basil leaves
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
4 large spinach leaves (original recipe calls for radicchio)

Blend bread crumbs and Parmesan in a pie dish; mix in 2 tablespoons minced basil. 

Mix tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons basil and red pepper flakes in small saucepan. Transfer 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce to large bowl. Add turkey, 1/2 tablespoon oil, onion, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle with pepper; blend. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties; coat with crumb mixture. Heat sauce over low heat. 

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook patties until bottoms are crusty, 4 minutes. Turn patties over; top with cheese. Cook 3 minutes. Cover; cook until cooked through and cheese is melted, about 1 minute. 

Assemble burgers with bread, spinach, basil leaves, and warm marinara.

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