Confession: I’m not a big fan of turkey burgers. Not as they usually are.
You know: dry, flavorless, generally not worth the calories? I’d rather have beef, thankyouverymuch.
But oh…dress up the meat and turkey burgers can be fabulous.
Case in point. This recipe.
Let me explain.
Feta. Basil. Pesto. Mayo. Ciabatta. Grilled.
Feta & Basil Turkey Burgers with Pesto Mayo
one note: don’t overmix the turkey; it’ll get tough. Use your fingers and mash everything together carefully. It won’t be fully incorporated, and that’s okay.
- 1 pound ground lean turkey
- 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs (regular or panko will work)
- 1 egg
- 1-2 tablespoons oil
- mayonnaise of your choice
- prepared jarred basil pesto of your choice
- tomato slices
- cucumber slices
- lettuce leaves
- 4 ciabatta rolls
In a large mixing bowl, break ground turkey apart carefully. Add egg, breadcrumbs, feta and basil. Mix gently by hand until just incorporated.
Divide the mixture evenly into 4 patties.
Heat a grill pan or skillet to medium high. When pan is hot, slice ciabatta in half, oil lightly, and grill cut side down until charred. Set bread aside.
Reduce heat to medium, oil pan and add burgers, but don’t overcrowd. (You can also do this on a traditional outdoor grill!)
Cook about 7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
To make the pesto mayo, add equal parts mayonnaise and pesto. Whisk together until combined and spread generously on the top of each of the bread halves.
Top burger with tomato, cucumber and lettuce. Enjoy!