May 31, 2013

Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Turkey Burger

Happy Friday!!!
Eating burgers will never be the same in my house after having this burger. I haven't eaten a burger in a long time. Mostly because I've been repellant to it since getting pregnant. But for some reason I decided to have a burger dinner night and I'm glad to report it worked out well. I was even excited as I was making it and my hubby was just curious as always :)  Mixing the Zucchini in the burger is perfect. It's the perfect way to make kids eat their vegetable in a burger, if you have any. You can also try other vegetables. This combination works very well because zucchini has a high water content and that really keeps the burger moist as turkey can get dry very easily. So, this is no doubt a juicy burger as well. I had no problem with the cheese oozing out of the burger while grilling it because I made sure the edges were tightly pressed/closed, took extra caution not to press too hard on the burger while grilling and I think the fact that I used some hard cheese also helped.
The stuffed cheese part actually came out of necessity. I only had one sliced cheese left and there are two of us and four burgers. Then I realized I have a lot more shredded cheese and some whole Parmesan, so I decided to combine those two and infuse it into the burger. Of course I had to make fries to go with it. I think we have enough greens going on between the lettuce and Zucchini. Combined with the sweet potato fries, I think I have just created  another staple dish for my household.

Ingredients
1 1/2 tsp Paprika
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
2 tbsp Teriyaki sauce
2 cups Zucchini, grated
1 lb Ground Turkey
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup shredded Colby & Monterey jack cheese (substitute cheese of choice)

Directions
1. Combine cheese in a bowl and set aside
2. Combine paprika, salt, pepper, teriyaki sauce, grated zucchini and ground turkey in a bowl and lightly mix with your hands until all ingredients are well blended
3. Shape turkey mixture into 8 thin patties. Mound 2 tbsp of cheese mixture onto 4 of the patties leaving a little border around the edges.
If you're counting...you'll see only 7 patties, couldn't fit the last one on there. I did spread the cheese out a little more than pictured
4. Cover each of the cheese patties with the remaining 4 patties. Seal the edges by pressing the meat together.
5. Heat up a greased flat pan on medium heat. Once hot, grill the stuffed patties for 5 minutes on each side for a well done burger. Avoid pressing down on the middle of the burger while grilling with your thong or spatula, you might press the cheese out.
6. Serve and Enjoy!!!

Xx
Christiana

4 comments:

  1. Iya Munchkin, I was wondering why you were holding out on me with that burger recipe. But now I see why, you needed to perfect it with the stuffed cheese... Genius!!! ;)

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    1. haha...i see you didn't forget about it either. Now it's all yours :)

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Christiana

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