I am not a huge beef burger person, unless they are cooked absolutely perfect, and I am VERY picky about them. Usually I just replace the beef with ground turkey. I will admit that cooking a turkey burger on a grill with no foil is like watching something melt slowly into a burning fire. But if you have the opportunity to cook your burger inside using a pan and an oven, turkey is always the way to go! This recipe packs a lot of Italian flavor into it using flavorful pesto, gooey melted Mozzarella, and all topped with peppery arugula. It is one of my all-time favorite burger recipes!
Mozzarella Turkey Burgers
- 1 Tbs. Pesto (I used red pepper)
- 2 Brioche or Hamburger Buns
- 1 oz. Mayo
- 1/2 c. Arugula
- 12 oz. Ground Turkey
- 2 deli slices Mozzarella Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a small baking sheet with tinfoil and non stick cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Make the ground turkey into four equal sized patties. Rip each slice of cheese into quarters and stack on top of each other. Place the mound of cheese on top of two patties, and then place the remaining patties on top. Press down the sides to seal the cheese in.
Heat a medium size pan over medium heat (medium high if you have electric, I have gas). Add 2 tsp. olive oil. Place the burger patties in the pan and brown each side for 3 minutes. Remove them from the heat and place on the prepared tinfoil. Bake the burgers in the oven for 10 more minutes.
To assemble the burgers, spread half of the pesto on the bottom side of each bun. Top each bottom half with a turkey burger and half of the arugula. Spread the Mayo on the top bun halves and finish off the burger stack!
This recipe is amazing with any type of Pesto. It does change the flavor slightly, but they all go good with Mozzarella and arugula!