Jul 11, 2013

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!

Last week I went out to dinner with the girls and we went to this great little neighborhood spot. My girlfriend ordered the special, the bruschetta burger. Hers was a beef burger, but that inspired me to make 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.

59 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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