Turkey Burgers

This is one of my top 10 dinner favorites.  It’s easy to make and the kids gobble them up! The recipe calls for focaccia, but I just use fresh buns from the grocery store.  In the picture I used fresh buns from Harvest Bakery. The recipe also calls for ground turkey which isn’t always easy to find so I just buy a big turkey breast and grind it up in my food processor. I also BBQ mine and we don’t add the tomatoes. This recipe is taken from Food & Wine magazine’s Quick From Scratch Chicken Cookbook.  

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 scallions including green tops, chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten to mix
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/4 pound provolone cheese, sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons pesto, store bought or homemade
1 10-inch round or 8-by-10-inch rectangle of focaccia
1/2 pound tomatoes, sliced

1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, scallions, 3/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper, milk, and egg.  Form the mixture into four patties, each about 1-inch thick.
2. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat.  Add the turkey burgers and cook for 5 minutes.  Turn and then top each burger with the provolone cheese.  Cook until just done, about 6 minutes longer.
3.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and the pesto.  Cut the focaccia into quarters.  Cut each piece in half horizontally.  Spread the cut surfaces of each piece with the pesto mayonnaise. 
4. Top the bottoms of the focaccia with the turkey burgers and then the tomato slices.  Sprinkle the tomato with a pinch of salt. Cover with the top piece of focaccia.  


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