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Basil Turkey Burgers
with Muenster Cheese and Grilled Vegetables

Basil Turkey Burgers with Muenster Cheese and Grilled VegetablesRecipe kindly provided by Production Chef Barry Greenberg at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Recipe Ingredients:

Turkey Burgers:
1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 large egg
1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup panko or coarse style bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vegetables:
1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced thin
1 medium zucchini, sliced thin on the bias
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mayonnaise:
1 tablespoon fresh basil, julienned
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup prepared mayonnaise

Assembly:
1/2 pound Muenster cheese, sliced thin
4 leaves leaf lettuce
8 thin slices red ripe tomato
4 each Kaiser rolls, split

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Turkey Burgers: Gently and thoroughly combine ground turkey, basil, onion, eggs, Parmesan, vinegar, bread crumbs, salt and black pepper. Form into 5 ounces patties. Cover and reserve in refrigerator.
  2. For Vegetables: Toss sliced vegetables in a mixing bowl with oil and salt and pepper.
  3. For Mayonnaise: Combine basil, vinegar and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill in refrigerator.
  4. To Grill: Place sliced vegetables on char-grill. Cook on both sides until tender. Reserve. Grill turkey burgers on char-grill, turning once until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (73.8°C). Remove to an oven-proof dish.
  5. For Assembly: Assemble grilled eggplant and zucchini on top of turkey burgers. Top each burger with 2 ounces of Muenster cheese. Melt in preheated broiler. Toast Kaiser buns on char-grill. Remove to plates and assemble burgers with lettuce and tomato slices. Serve with basil mayonnaise on the side.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of National Turkey Federation.