Mediterranean Turkey Burger

There are a lot of things I like about using turkey to make hamburgers instead of ground beef. First it saves you blank calories. Second I feel like you can flavor a turkey burger to your specifications more. Don't get me wrong beef is wonderful, but I often prefer to use turkey.

Stores with Ingredients on Sale:
Safeway
-  Kraft Dressing, Ground Turkey, Rolls, Grape Tomatoes, Red Peppers
Shoppers- Ground Turkey, Kraft or Wishbone Dressing, Grape Tomatoes  
Superfresh- Ken's Dressing, Ground Turkey, Rolls, Vine Tomatoes, Red Peppers
Giant- Rolls, Ground Turkey, Grape Tomatoes, Crumbled Feta, Kens Dressing, Red Peppers

Cost: These burgers will cost under $15 dollars depending on where you shop and what is on sale.

Quick tip: To save you both time and money you can buy already roasted red peppers in a jar. One jar will generally cost under $4 and will give you at least 4 peppers. This is generally much cheaper then buying the fresh ones you still have to roast yourself. They are a great product to have on hand to add to a salad, sandwich, couscous, etc. Just look and see what they are packed in. Sometimes they are packed in vinegar. Stay away from those unless you want the vinegar flavor. 

Quick tip: I like to use fresh basil for this recipe because I have a basil plant that produces more basil then I could ever use so I try to put it into everything I can. If you do not want to spend the money on fresh basil leaves you can use basil that comes in a tube. This type of basil is sold in the produce section and needs to be refrigerated. It will last longer then fresh basil and is a little more cost effective. Another option is to buy some inexpensive pesto. It will not be exactly the same but will be delicious. One final alternative is to use another type of green like spinach, arugula, or anything else you have lying around.

Ingredients

1 lb Ground Turkey
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
1 clove of Garlic minced
6 Basil Leaves cut or torn into pieces (or use an alternative like 1 Tbsp of pesto)
12 Whole Basil Leaves (once again use an alternative to put on burger or spread on roll)
1/4 Greek dressing (you can use any marinade or dressing. This is just to moisten and flavor the turkey)
4 Rolls
1 Red Pepper
1 cup Feta Cheese
8 Grape Tomatoes or 2 of a larger tomato sliced
Salt
Pepper

Instructions

Place onion, garlic, basil leave pieces, turkey, Greek dressing and a couple pinches of salt and pepper into a bowl. Thoroughly mix together. Divide the mixture into four even sections and form into patties between 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Place on a plate and put in the fridge for 1/2 hour to allow them to set. If you do not have time for this you can skip this step and just be a little more careful the first time you flip the burgers.

The red pepper should be roasted. There are a number of ways to roast peppers, on the grill, stove top or in the oven. To roast them on a grill or stove top place them on a rack with a flame underneath and turn them frequently with tongs. It is good to check them every couple of minutes because you don't want to over do them. You are just waiting for the skin to blacken on all sides.To roast the peppers in the oven preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place on a baking sheet and turn every once in a while until once again the skin is blackened. This could take up to 40 min. If you want the peppers to roast faster in the oven you can take the core out and slice them down the side so they lie flat on the baking sheet. Regardless of the method you use place the roasted pepper in a brown bag or underneath a kitchen towel for about 10 mins. This will make it easier to peel the skin off. After the peppers have sat run them under cold water and rinse of all the skin.

To cook the Turkey burgers you can either cook them on the stove top or grill them for about 10 - 12 mins, flipping them once. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees. Toast or grill the rolls.

Once burgers are cooked place on roll and dress each burger with 3 basil leaves, divide feta cheese evenly, 1/4 red pepper, and sliced tomatoes.

This is great served with watermelon which is on sale everywhere memorial day and throughout much of the summer. It is also delicious with a simple pasta or potato salad.