Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Turkey Burger Parmesan & Roasted Sun Dried Tomato Brussels Sprouts

This evening I didn't have anything thawed to make for dinner. After a quick scan of my fridge and freezer, I came across a package of frozen Kirkland's Signature Turkey Burgers (from Costco). They come with 12 burgers (1/3 pound each) to a package, separated by wax paper. Each burger contains 35 grams of protein (they're made with turkey breast). You cook them while frozen and they take about 8 minutes per side to grill. I brushed them with a bit of olive oil mixed with some Mezzetta Basil Pesto while grilling them. I decided to make a quick and easy "Turkey Burger Parmesan" with the turkey burgers by roasting some multi-colored grape and cherry tomatoes (by Mucci Farms that I also find at Costco). After halving the tomatoes, I tossed them in a mixture of olive oil whisked with a couple tablespoons of Mezzetta's Basil Pesto and spread them out on a parchment lined baking sheet to roast for about 20 minutes, then sprinkled with shredded Parmigiano Reggiano and roasted an additional 5 minutes. I topped each grilled turkey burger with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese right before pulling off the grill so it could soften and begin to melt and get gooey. I topped each burger with roasted tomatoes right before serving. You could substitute using chicken or beef burgers instead, if preferred.

To go with our Turkey Burger Parmesan, I decided to Italianize fresh brussels sprouts by halving them and tossing them with a mixture of olive oil and Mezzetta Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. I roasted them for about 20 minutes and then topped them with shredded Parmigiana Reggiano and popped them back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so. They turned out AMAZING and were the perfect accompaniment to the Turkey Burger Parmesan. I snapped a few photos below and included the easy peasy recipe for my Turkey Burger Parmesan. Enjoy!

I roasted the tomatoes tossed with basil pesto alongside the brussels sprouts tossed with sun dried tomato pesto (both were topped with shredded Parmesan near the end of cooking).

The melting mozzarella cheese has completely engulfed the turkey burger

Grilled Turkey Burger Parmesan


4 frozen turkey burgers (or use fresh and adjust cooking time)
8 ounce ball of fresh mozzarella, cut into 4 thick slices about 2-ounces each
Olive oil spray to spray burgers
2 cups halved assorted grape and cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 rounded tablespoons basil pesto (fresh or jarred)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


Preheat grill. Spray both sides of turkey burgers with olive oil and grill for 8 minutes per side. While burgers are grilling, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil and basil pesto in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese; return to oven and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Top each burger with a slice of mozzarella cheese and spoon roasted tomatoes over top.

*Note: If desired, baste turkey burgers with any remaining olive oil and basil pesto mixture while cooking


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