May 20, 2014

Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burger



Lean, delicious, juicy turkey burgers made with zucchini and topped with a summer garden tomato bruschetta topping over a bed of baby arugula – no bun required!

I thought I would share this fabulous turkey burger recipe from the archives for those of you who may not have tried this.

This dish was inspired by a meal my girlfriend ordered during a girl's night out. I always get inspired when I go out to eat, and created this lighter version which turned out delicious. For the turkey burger, I went with my skinny turkey burger recipe I posted a few years back, it's made with shredded zucchini which gives it lots of moisture and great flavor. They are delicate, so I prefer to make them on a skillet instead of the grill.

This is the perfect summer meal for under 300 calories, especially if you have lots of tomatoes in your garden. You can easily make these vegetarian by using a boca burger or veggie burger of your choice. By the way the lovely fork is by For Such A Time Designs. Hope you enjoy!



Naked Turkey Bruschetta Burgers
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5  • Size: 1 burger  • Old Points: 6 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 288 • Fat: 14 g • Carb: 10 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 27 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 169 mg (without the salt) • Cholest: 10 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 3 medium vine ripe tomatoes
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 oz part skim mozzarella, diced

For the turkey zucchini burgers:

  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (1 cup, or 5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp red onion, grated
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • oil spray



For serving:


  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced into 10 thin slices
  • 4 loose cups baby arugula

Directions:



Combine the red onion, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside a few minutes while you chop the tomatoes, then place in the bowl. Add the garlic, basil and additional salt and pepper, to taste and mix well and set aside. Toss in the cheese when ready to serve.

Squeeze the excess moisture from the zucchini in a paper towel. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, shredded zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Form into 5 equal sized patties about 5 oz each, forming them as flat as possible.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. When hot, lightly spray with oil. Add the burgers to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook another 4 minutes, careful not to burn.


To serve, arrange 3 slices of tomatoes on each dish, then place 1 cup arugula on top in the center, then top with the burger and finish with the bruschetta (don't forget to add the cheese), serve right away.

91 comments :

  1. Yummy, this looks super tasty! :)

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  2. Yum! I have plenty of tomatoes that need to need to be used-perfect!

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    Jaclyn
    http://www.loveandbellinis.com

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  3. Would the cooked burgers freeze do you think?

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  4. Oh my, looks so delicious!

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  5. I'm going to try this with Buffalo Mozzarella cheese and replace the breadcrumbs with almond meal, sounds fantastic!

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  6. ooh, yum!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  7. This looks so fresh and yummy! I've tried the zucchini turkey burgers and they came out so moist and juicy. I think this time I'll add in a touch of cayenne, jalapeño or siracha to the mix as I like mine with a little kick!

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  8. This looks great. I think I am going to replace the bruschetta topping with more of a pico de gallo style topping. My family would like it better with Mexican flavors. I love the idea of serving the burger over arugula.

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    1. Awesome Idea, I may need to do that soon : )

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  9. The turkey burgers look yummy. And I LOVE For Such a Time Designs!

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  10. LOVE the added zucchini here. So creative :)

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    1. This happened by accident one summer when I had too much zucchini, now I do it intentionally, love it!

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  11. Thanks for this great recipe! I just picked up ground turkey with the exact intention to make burgers :)

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  12. Do you think ground chicken would work as well? I have that in the freezer.

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    1. Sure, I think ground turkey can always be replace with ground chicken in any recipe.

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  13. I'm going to try this with ground chicken instead of turkey because my family prefers that. The kids prefer the texture of the chicken over the turkey. I think I'll also try doing them on our Foreman grill instead of on top of the stove. Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. I'm going to try this using carrots as you use in your buffalo turkey burgers. My 3 year old gets mad if his burgers don't have carrots in them now!

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  15. Awesome idea for a delicious, fresh summer burger! These look so scrumptious, Gina! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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  16. Gina, I made these last night for dinner....So full of flavor, juicy, DELICIOUS!! Only thing I did different was omitted the mozz from the bruschetta and added a little skinny pesto instead. I just could not get over how much FLAVOR the burgers had with so little ingredients! Def a keeper. I froze the burgers I didn't cook, so I'll be having this again this week!

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  17. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

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  18. My husband I and made these the other night... I have been eating the leftovers everyday! OMG the burgers are AWESOME! I'm going to do a double batch next time and freeze some so I have back ups! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

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  19. This is a great idea for ground turkey, chicken or beef. Terrific skinny burger.

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  20. Would be rich in nutrients, yay!

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  21. I just made this. It was absolutely delicious!!

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  22. I made these last night....fantastic! Thanks for the receipe.

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  23. Made this for dinner tonight...it was amazing!! Already can't wait to make them again!!

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  24. yum! loving the idea of a turkey burger!

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  25. We had these for dinner last night and loved them! Since there are only two of us we ate two and froze the rest for another night and then I just cut the topping recipe in half. Worked really well. Thanks for another yummy, quick dinner recipe.

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  26. These sound so amazing! Love both the zucchini in the burgers and the fresh summery bruschetta topping!

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  27. Moist, tender and delicious! Husband had two! Larger than I expected. I kept checking to make sure I hadn't over-served myself because this was really filling. A lot of deliciousness for 7 WW points.

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  28. This is my first Skinny Taste recipe. Made it tonight and my husband and I LOVED IT! The turkey burger was juicier and tastier than the one I ordered from a restaurant a few days ago. I can't wait to cook-up the leftover patties tomorrow.

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  29. Does the nutrition information include the cheese and the bruchetta topping?

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  30. Ok, the chunks of mozzarella got me .. :-D

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  31. Having trouble finding whole wheat bread crumbs...where ya'll finding yours??

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    1. I make them, but I've seen them in the supermarket, I think 4C is the brand.

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  32. Made this last night and it was so good. We ended up having them on buns because we didn't have arugula. My husband and I love our beef so this was a bit outside of our comfort zone but we will definitely be making these again... maybe even this week!

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  33. What a freaking incredible recipe!! I am obsessed. I even made it for my super picky boyfriend and he couldn't get enough. He even fought me for the leftovers. I will be making this over and over. Thanks so much for the post!

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  34. Tried these tonight, and they were delicious! My husband, who is not a great fan of poultry, thought they were great. I did make some variations to the recipe, however. Instead of putting the mozzarella in the bruschetta, I placed slices on the burgers just after flipping them, and let it start to melt while the other side cooked. Yum! After cooking, I schmeared about a tablespoon of pesto on each burger before topping with the tomato mixture. Double yum! I will DEFINITELY be making these again.

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  35. This is unbelievable! I want to bury my face in the bruschetta topping. I might. Don't tell anyone.

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  36. I made this last night and finished the last of it today for lunch and I'm so upset that it's all gone :(. This is such a great weekday meal I was blown away!! Definitely in the rotation from now on- soooooo easy!!!!!

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  37. This was fantastic! I am in love with the turkey burger recipe- it was so juicy and flavorful! Awesome!

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  38. These are really good. I used spinach instead of arugula because that's what I prefer. I will make again soon.

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  39. This was a terrific dinner, came together quick and the kids and hubby loved it! Really added a lot of flavor to ho-hum turkey. Thanks for such a great site!

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  40. I've made these twice now and they are delicious. The changes that I made were using romaine instead of arugula. I also using dried spices instead of fresh since that is what I have on hand. I've served with brown rice which goes well. The second time I made these I used shredded cheese instead of cubed and it wasn't as good. I would definitely recommend this recipe :)

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  41. Great recipe! made it exactly and loved it. Was very healthy and fresh.. i think this would be great with chicken too. and comes together so much faster if you precut the veggies ahead of time.. Thanks again!

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  42. made these tonight...DIVINE. adding to my permanent recipe book!

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  43. Thanks for sharing. Substituting Turkey into the dish seems to make it healthier. Nice post.

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  44. hi! I am 13 and following you blog to see what you eat . I NEED to lose weight ! so do you have any tips maybe so my parents can't tell I am trying ? please help.

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  45. Can these burgers be made under the broiler in the oven?

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  46. These turned out great! I made them for dinner tonight, and used ground chicken instead of turkey. My burgers were just a bit bland, so I think I'll add more spice to them next time. It was hardly noticeable, though, with the bold taste of the bruschetta. Also, we used mesculin mix greens, instead of arugula. I really enjoyed the zucchini in the burgers, too. I thought that was a nice touch. Thanks for posting such great recipes! :o)

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  47. Hi Gina! I am SO excited for your cookbook - I've been following your blog for years and I am just so thrilled with all of your success! I already pre-ordered your book on Amazon, but you mentioned that Target version will have exclusive content (and maybe extra recipes?). Would you recommend purchasing that one instead?

    I'm sure you can't give out too many details, but just wanted to know if I should switch up where I order from :)

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    1. I did the same thing and have the same concern:)

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    2. The Target edition will include 4 extra bonus recipes in the book.... I guess if you already preordered on amazon you could cancel that order since it has not shipped and order the target edition instead...

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  48. This is by far my favorite turkey burger but someone in the house is now gluten free. Can the breadcrumbs be omitted or replaced with anything?

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  49. Hi Gina. I love this recipe. It is a great way to sneak in some veggies and it also smells delicious. I have made meatballs with this same recipe (minus the brushetta) and have also made mearloaf (just yesterday actually). It is a big hit in my kitchen and I cant wait to get my cookbook. So excited!!!

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  50. Congratulations Gina! You've given us all sooooo many outstanding recipes over the years, I am really happen that it will benefit you with financial success as well!!!

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  51. Great recipe Gina! Congratulations on all your success that is soooo amazing! As another Long Island blogger it is nice to see someone succeed! XOXO!

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  52. Congratulations on your new cookbook success with Target!!!! Looking forward to trying this recipe!

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  53. How would omitting the breadcrumbs effect the carb count? >2 a serving?

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  54. Great way to serve a turkey burger, Gina! And here I thought shredded zucchini was MY secret ingredient to keep turkey and chicken burgers moist and juicy! LOL Great minds think alike!

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  55. So exciting about the target version of the cookbook! One question, will it include all the same recipes as the regular version and then some or will some recipes be swapped out for target exclusive ones?

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    1. All the same recipes from the book but the target edition will include 4 extra bonus recipes

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  56. Loved this Gina! My kids (8 and 10) LOVED this and said it was better than any other burger I've made! Even full fat ones! I didn't top theirs with the bruschetta but rather added sliced fresh mozzarella and sliced fresh tomatoes to theirs and drizzled balsamic vinegar/EVOO over the top. I left off the onions for them. Made my husbands on a bun with bruschetta mixture and mine on salad as stated. Only changes I made was to add crushed red peppers and granulated garlic and onion to the beef mixture. OUTSTANDING!!!

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  57. I've made these several times! They are wonderful!

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  58. Fabulous!!! Love these delicious warm weather recipes....:)

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  59. making this tonight - I think I'm going to sneak some finely chopped mushrooms into the burgers as well as the zucchini. It looks delicious, thanks for the wonderful recipes!

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  60. So delicious!! How yummy!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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  61. I can't wait to try this with our very own greens! We just planted romaine in the garden yesterday ... Great one!!

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  62. Made this tonight! Yet another AH-mazing dinner! My 9 year old son, aka my picky eater, put the turkey(shhhh-zucchini) burger on wheat bread and said it was the best burger ever!! Everyone else loved the bruschetta and arugula!

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  63. What can be used in place of the bread crumbs that would make it gluten free?

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    1. I didn't use breadcrumbs or any replacement for them. They were juicy and delicious! You could make breadcrumbs from GF bread...

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  64. Absolutely outstanding! Have made this 3 times now. I always make a double batch to have leftovers for lunch for a few days. I typically skip the mozzarella and just do the tomatoes with the EVOO and balsamic vinegar with smashed garlic on top. LOVE this pairing with arugula!

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  65. Made this tonight and it was great! Even my 6 year old loved it and ate every bite! Your recipes are awesome, keep 'em coming, thank you!

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  66. I made this tonight and it was delicious!! Loved how much flavor the bruschetta provided, and the serving size was just right! Love the idea of making "naked" burgers, no one in my family even missed the bun! I've made so many recipes from your site, and haven't had a bad one yet. Thank you!

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  67. I just made the turkey burger and didn't add all of the other stuff. It was really good i normally don't like ground turkey but i couldn't even tell. All the ingredients in the patty helped the taste for me. Will def make again.

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  68. I made this to eat for lunch all week and it is amazing! I love the burger and can't see myself ever making another burger without zucchini in it. Great recipe! :-)

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  69. I bought some frozen turkey burgers but made the bruschetta topping and bought arugula. I'm hooked on this! I had it a few times for dinner last week, and I can't wait to eat some more this week.

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  70. I just made this recipe this weekend and it was absolutely delicious. It is definitely my new favorite burger! Love Love Love your site, so many wonderful recipes to try xo

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