Pesto-Mozzarella Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Pesto-Mozzarella Turkey Burgers Recipe

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Here's a great way to eat lighter without giving up flavor. These turkey burgers are stuffed with a tasty pesto sauce that spices up our barbecues. —Jacqueline Marie Morris Bentonville, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 5 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce
  • 8 slices marble rye bread or 4 Italian rolls, split
  • Lettuce leaves


  1. In a large bowl, combine the steak sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight thin oval patties.
  2. Combine cheese and pesto. Spoon about 1/4 cup in center of four patties. Top with remaining patties; press edges firmly to seal.
  3. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Serve on bread with lettuce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pesto-Mozzarella Turkey Burgers in Backyard Living July/August 2004, p17

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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[email protected] User ID: 6501613 207212
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"Delicious! I used beef (since that what I had on hand) and I mixed the cheese & pesto into the patty, since I'm not huge on stuffed burgers, overall, fantastic!"

Amyche User ID: 1404163 207211
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"Loved this recipe, except I served them with thin hamburger buns. I will definitely be making these for company!"

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