Bruschetta burgers made with ground turkey are the most delicious healthy homemade burger recipe! Packed full of flavor, everyone loves these amazing turkey burgers.
These burgers are seriously THE BEST. I might be extra partial to them because I love all things burgers and I love all things bruschetta, so these were bound to automatically become my favorite burgers of all time. Truly though, if you love tomatoes, basil, cheese, and balsamic vinegar, these turkey bruschetta burgers will become your new go-to recipe.
Some fun alterations you could try are: 1) Swapping the tomatoes for sun-dried tomatoes to make sun-dried tomato bruschetta burgers. 2) Keeping the turkey simply seasoned and adding all the flavorful ingredients to the middle to make stuffed bruschetta burgers.
How to make this bruschetta burger with ground turkey recipe:
These burgers are so simple to make. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl, and mix to combine. Once it’s fully mixed, form into patties. When you’re forming the patties, make sure that the thickness is consistent all the way through. It’s easy to make the edges thinner than the middle, but that will lead to uneven cooking.
These burgers are seriously so good on their own, but they are brought to next level when you top then with my Balsamic Aioli. It’s a super simple sauce that uses only three ingredients and takes only two minutes, but it’s a game changer for these burgers.
To make this bruschetta burgers recipe gluten free:
If you’re preparing this for someone who follows a gluten free diet, replace the bread crumbs with gluten free bread crumbs. You’ll also need to serve the burgers on gluten free buns. This brand is so delicious!
To make this recipe keto or low carb:
If you’re preparing this for someone who follows a keto or low carb diet, omit the breadcrumbs. The egg and mozzarella will hold the burger together without the breadcrumbs. Serve the burgers without buns or in a lettuce wrap.
Love turkey burgers? Be sure to check out my Avocado Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Lime Sauce! They’re seriously SO good and have such great reviews.
What you need to make bruschetta turkey burgers:
Aside from the fresh ingredients, there are two pantry ingredients that make ALL the difference in these burgers.
The first is a really good balsamic vinegar. It’s the base of the flavor for both the burger and the sauce, so if you’re able to use good balsamic vinegar, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It will make the final burger so much more delicious.
The second ingredient is Worcestershire sauce. It adds so much depth of flavor and I definitely wouldn’t recommend skipping it. This is my favorite brand. It will last you forever and is such a great ingredient to keep on hand.
In addition to the ingredients, there are also a few tools that make a huge difference.
The first tool you need for this recipe is a kitchen staple. You’ll need a mixing bowl. I’m a huge proponent of having one great tool that does lots of things well, so I love this extra large mixing bowl. It comes in handy for everything from salads to baking – I use mine all the time because it’s so much easier to mix things in a large bowl.
The second tool you’ll need is a heavy bottomed skillet. I love using a cast iron this size. It only gets better with age and cooks everything so well. If you can, I’d recommend getting a skillet with a lid. It makes it a lot easier to cook thick burgers evenly.
The third tool you’ll need is a box grater. This one is super versatile and durable.
The last tool you’ll need is a meat thermometer. Be sure to cook the turkey burgers until a meat thermometer reads 165 F in the center of the burger.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- ½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes (chopped, excess liquid squeezed out)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh basil (chopped)
- 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free if necessary)
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup freshly shredded pizza mozzarella
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
- 1 egg
- Oil to grease pan
- 1 batch Balsamic Aioli
- 8 burger buns
- 16 slices roma tomatoes
- 16 leaves fresh basil
- Freshly grated parmesan
- In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, grape or cherry tomatoes, basil, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, panko bread crumbs (certified gluten free if necessary), salt, pepper, mozzarella, parmesan, and egg. Mix together.
- Form into 8 evenly sized patties (being careful to make the thickness in the center and at the edges consistent).
- Heat a lidded skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is preheated, oil the pan and cook the burgers for 5 minutes, flip them, cover them and cook them for 3 more minutes (or until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F according to a meat thermometer). If you’re cooking all the burgers at once, you’ll likely have to cook them in rounds.
- Assemble each burger with Balsamic Aioli, two slices roma tomato, two fresh basil leaves, and a sprinkling of fresh parmesan.
I specified for the pizza mozzarella to be freshly shredded and the parmesan to be freshly grated. That’s because the pre-grated varieties are coated in starch (to prevent them from sticking together), which stops them from melting together as well. I haven’t tried this recipe with them, but it’s possible that pre-grated varieties wouldn’t bind as well. Be sure to squeeze as much water as possible out of the cherry tomatoes, too much water will inhibit the burgers from binding correctly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326 Total Fat: 18.3g Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 1.3g Sugar: 4.6g Protein: 19.3g
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