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More Flavor, Less Bun: Italian-Style Turkey Burger

Serves 4


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6-8 leaves basil, torn or shredded
  • 3 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 4 slices Italian bread or 4 pieces halved ciabatta, toasted
  • Balsamic drizzle, homemade or store-bought


  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons EVOO, about two turns of the pan.
  2. While the pan is heating up, in a medium size mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey with some salt and pepper and divide the meat into four portions. Shape each portion into a burger. Wash your hands after handling the raw meat.
  3. Sauté each burger in the hot skillet until golden brown and cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side.
  4. When the burgers have finished cooking, remove from the skillet and tent with foil to keep warm. Add 1 tablespoon EVOO to the pan along with the garlic and onion and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add the grape tomatoes and cook to soften, 2 minutes. Add the basil, then remove from the heat.
  5. Serve each burger on toasted bread topped with the sauce. Drizzle with homemade or store-bought balsamic drizzle.