When I spotted this recipe on Pinterest, I was immediately sold. I love the fresh and bright flavors of Caprese: basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. And how delightful to stuff into a burger patty! I went with a turkey burger as I thought the flavors would pair better together. I also topped my burger off with a little more mozzarella, tomato basil sauce I had hanging around in the freezer, and some applewood smoked bacon for extra flavor–yum! The tomato sauce really helps to balance and bring all the components together. This is a very easy meal packed with tons of flavor–great for a Spring or Summer grill session. It was even easier for me since I already had basil and tomato sauce stowed in the freezer for later use. Click here to learn how to conveniently save basil leaves before they go bad. I served mine with a side of garlic and olive oil sautéed broccolini which was a great accompaniment.
Caprese Turkey Burgers (Adapted from MenuMusings) (Difficulty-Easy; Serves 4)
- 1 lb. organic free range ground turkey
- 1-2 Tbsp. lemon pepper
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, diced in quarters
- 3-4 oz. mozzarella cheese, diced
- frozen basil cubes or handful fresh basil leaves
- 1 c. tomato basil sauce
- 4 strips applewood smoked bacon, pan fried (optional)
Generously season the ground turkey with lemon pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Using your hands, form 4 thin patties with 2/3 of the turkey meat. Top with 4 of 5 tomato quarters, diced mozzarella and a cube of frozen basil (or a few fresh leaves).
You could crumble up the bacon and add it here as well, but I used mine to top the burger. Using the remaining turkey meat, form 4 small discs, and place over each topped burger. Using your fingers, pinch the two turkey patties together until toppings are completely sealed in.
Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Spray lightly with high heat cooking spray. Place burgers on grill and cook about 6 minutes on each side. Be careful not to press down on the patties when flipping or the filling may start to ooze out. In the last few minutes, top with a thin slice of mozzarella cheese, if desired. Top with bacon and tomato sauce. Dive in!