Bruschetta Burgers

Not everyone likes to grill year-round. But for those who fall into this camp, it’s not too late to get in one last meal of burgers cooked on the barbecue.

And a nice alternative to beef burgers is ground turkey. Not all ground turkey is the same, though. According to a McClatchy Newspapers story that I recently read, ground turkey can mean lean white breast or a mixture of breast, fattier dark meat.

Here is a recipe using the latter. It’s an open-faced ground turkey sandwich on one half of a split whole-wheat English muffin that’s topped with low-fat mozzarella cheese and a tomato spread.

Open-Faced Turkey Bruschetta Burgers
1 slice whole-wheat bread, crusts trimmed
2 tablespoons milk
1¼ pounds ground turkey breast
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon pepper, plus additional, to taste
2 medium, ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
¼ cup minced fresh basil
Salt, to taste
3 tablespoons shredded low-fat mozzarella
3 whole-wheat English muffins, split and toasted
Tear bread into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Pour milk over bread, stir to coat well and allow to stand 10 minutes, stirring and mashing bread frequently until the mixture is almost smooth. Add ground turkey, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Mix lightly until thoroughly combined. Shape into 6 patties.
Meanwhile, mix together tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes for flavors to blend.
Preheat grill to medium high or allow coals to burn down. Lightly oil grill grate or spray with nonstick spray. Grill patties about 5 to 6 minutes per side or until lightly browned and internal temperatures registers 165 degrees on a meat thermometer. Sprinkle each with 1 ½ teaspoons shredded mozzarella cheese and allow to melt.
Place one patty, cheese side up, on an English muffin half. Spoon tomato mixture generously over the top of each patty.
Yield: Serves 6.
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving (1 turkey burger patty, ½  English muffin and about 1/3 cup tomato mixture per serving): 235 calories, 29 percent of calories from fat, 8 grams fat (6 grams saturated), 57 milligrams cholesterol, 18 grams carbohydrates, 24 grams protein, 318 milligrams sodium, 3 grams dietary fiber.

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