Tasty Italian Burgers Recipe
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Tasty Italian Burgers Recipe

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The best flavors of Italy are celebrated in these tempting turkey burgers—pesto, basil, tomato and mozzarella. Grill some up for an international cookout.—Sharon Novin, Northridge, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 slices tomato
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 515 calories, 31g fat (10g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine Parmesan cheese and garlic. Crumble turkey and turkey sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  2. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  3. Brush buns with oil; grill, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns with pesto, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato and basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Burgers in Country Woman June/July 2010, p41

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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