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Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Marinara Sauce

Turkey burgers are great, but when they are stuffed with mozzarella? Yum!

Cook Time:30 min
Preparation
1. To prepare marinara, heat 2 tsp oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, 5-7 minutes.

2. Stir in fresh tomatoes and any juices, sundried tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have broken down, 8-10 minutes.

3. Stir in basil and remove from the heat.

4. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to form a coarse-textured sauce. Return to the pan and set aside.

5. To prepare burger, place turkey, scallions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, oregano, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp salt in a large bowl. Gently combine, without over mixing, until evenly incorporated.

6. Form into 8 thin patties about 4-inches wide and 3/8 inches thick.

7. Combine 1/4 C cheese and basil and place an equal amount in the center of 4 patties.

8. Cover with the remaining patties and crimp the edges closed.

9. To grill the turkey burgers, preheat grill to medium-high. Oil the grill rack.

10. Grill the patties, turning once, until thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 8-10 minutes total.

11. Warm the marinara on the stove.

12. To assemble the burgers, spread 3 Tbsp of marinara on each toasted focaccia, top with a burger, about 3 more Tbsp of marinara and 1 Tbsp of the remaining cheese.
Ingredients
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onions, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 C plum tomatoes, chopped with juices
6 pieces oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 C scallions (green onions), finely chopped
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 slices focaccia bread, 4-inch square slices (about 2 oz. each), toasted
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