Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers With Marinara Sauce

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


  • 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


  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.

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