Jun 142012

Hey people! Sorry I’m getting this post up so late today; I had a really busy day at work for a couple of reasons. First, I had to catch up on a ton of emails after I was sick yesterday. It is amazing how much stress a full inbox can put on a person. All night last night I was having anxiety about all of the work I missed and emails I had to catch up on. Ah! I could just get my work email on my phone, but I’m postponing that for as long as possible! Second, I had to drive to Baltimore this morning to drop off a new business proposal at a client’s office. I left work around 8 a.m. and returned back at noon! I spent the whole morning driving! At least I was able to put some more miles on Leslie, who usually stays put in the parking lot during the week. And lastly, I had a looong lunch with my mentor at work. At my job we have a great program where the young staff member is matched up with a senior staff member and they meet to share tips, experiences, advice, etc. While it was really rewarding and I learned a lot, I was so busy that I was stressing out over all the time I spent out of the office this week. Ah! Oh well, tomorrow I can spend all day playing catch up.


Because of my continuous cough, I’ve been trying to take it easy on the cardio. However, that doesn’t mean my workouts have to stop! Today I ran with Jack in the morning (a mile won’t kill me right?) and then busted out a Pilates DVD I’ve had in my cupboard forever.

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Anyone else ever tried Cardio Pilates from GAIAM? It’s pretty good and the cardio part comes in at the end (with some awkward marching and bouncing…not exactly my idea of a good sweat) so it was perfect for my cough. Plus the Pilates moves are no joke! My abs were a-burnin’!


So, in yesterday’s What I Ate Wednesday post, I alluded to a mysterious Bruschetta Turkey Patty. Say what now? What the heck is that? Well this turkey patty is essentially my new favorite turkey burger (aside from maybe Thai turkey burgers. Nothing can replace those) but these don’t have a bun. Even though the bun is usually one of my favorite parts of a burger (don’t judge- you know you like it too) these burgers patties are so good you don’t even miss it! Seriously!

These patties are made with lean ground turkey, finely-chopped broccoli (which you can’t really taste) and are stuffed with gooey, decadent mozzarella cheese. Then they are topped with a balsamic vinegar reduction and chopped tomatoes and basil. OHMYGAWD it’s delicious! And I want to give all the credit to Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats for her inspiration for this recipe. That woman is a goddess in the kitchen I swear. Anyway, here’s how it came together.

First, I used a large Ziploc bag to mix the turkey meat with the rest of the ingredients. Into the bag went, half a package of lean ground turkey…


(I wanted to use Jenny O but I couldn’t find any!! Maybe that’s a good thing after what happened last time…)

Then I added some finely-chopped broccoli (for which I used my Slap Chop. Awesome).


And finally, I added some parmesan cheese and Italian spices to the bag and mixed it allllll up.


Next I removed the lid from a jar of peanut butter (and rinsed it off, since mine had some PB on it), and lined it with plastic wrap, like so:


In the Ziploc bag, I divided the mixture into four equal sections, and then divided each of those in half so I had 8 small sections of ground turkey. Then I placed one section on top of the PB jar lid and pressed down to mold the turkey into the lid. Next I placed some shredded mozzarella in the middle, and placed another portion of the turkey on top. I then pressed down on the turkey to mold the patty and made sure to seal the sides tightly so the cheese didn’t ooze out! I continued until I had 4 turkey patties.



At this point, I chose to cook my patties on the George Foreman grill, but a regular grill would have worked well too. I cooked them for about eight minutes until the meat was no longer pink in the center.

Meanwhile, I got to work on the balsamic reduction. All I did was pour some balsamic vinegar into a pan and cooked it on medium heat until it reduced down and had a thicker, more syrupy texture. Then I chopped some tomatoes and basil and, when the reduction was almost done, I tossed it all together.


Then I removed the turkey patty from the grill and topped it with the balsamic reduction.


Can you see the cheese oozing out??


Yummm! See? No bun necessary! The flavors worked so well together and I really enjoyed this dish! Plus I loved that there was some broccoli hidden inside for extra nutrition. You couldn’t even taste it! Yum!

Bruschetta Turkey Patties
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
These bruschetta turkey patties are so delicious you won't even miss the burger bun! Plus there is broccoli hidden in the patty but, shh! Don't tell!
  • ½ lb. lean, ground turkey meat
  • 1 small head of broccoli, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ¼ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2 tbsp. chopped basil
  1. In a large Ziploc bag, combine first six ingredients (through pepper) and mix well. Divide mixture into eight equal portions.
  2. Line the lid of a peanut butter jar with plastic wrap. Place one portion of the turkey mixture into lid and press down. Top turkey with cheese, and then place another portion of the turkey on top. Seal the sides well. Continue until you have four patties and all the turkey mixture is gone.
  3. Grill patties for about eight minutes or until turkey is no longer pink inside.
  4. Meanwhile, set a pan to medium-high heat and pour in the balsamic vinegar. Allow vinegar to reduce to a syrupy liquid.
  5. When vinegar is almost done reducing, add in tomatoes and basil.
  6. Remove patty from grill and top with tomato, basil, balsamic reduction.
  7. Enjoy!

So, what’s your favorite kind of burger? I obviously love a good old-fashioned cheeseburger topped with American cheese, but it’s not very figure-friendly! Turkey burgers are awesome, especially when they have a lot of flavors like this one. I’ve always wanted to try a Bison burger, but I’m afraid of the taste because I’ve heard they are “gamey.” What are your thoughts?

 Posted by on June 14, 2012

  4 Responses to “Bruschetta Turkey Patties”

  1. Holy cow, this looks AMAZING!!! I LOVE turkey burgers (I can’t eat beef, so turkey burgers are definitely my go to… or black bean burgers), but I tend to make them the same way every time. What a great way to mix them up. I have to say that my favorite flavors to mix with burgers are buffalo (I made one similar to yours, with the mozz in the middle – http://myfreckledlife.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/dreaded-mondays/) or traditional. But I am definitely looking to expand my burger repitoire for my burger-loving fiance!

    • Yeah these were soooo good and flavorful! I had a leftover one for lunch today and it was amazzzzzing! Plus I love adding the chopped-up broccoli in there. You can’t even tell it’s in there but gives some extra nutrition 🙂 yay!

  2. mmmm these look delicious! I’m thinking about trying it with fat free cheddar and fat free balsamic vinegarette instead! (Angel doesn’t buy just regular balsamic vinegar, womp womp)

    • Yeah they would still be delicious!! You should totally make this for Angel and Pete and see what they think 🙂 They were reallllly tasty. PS check out my post from today…you are a supastar 😉

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