Pizza Turkey Burgers

I love summer and everything that goes with it, especially corn on the cob, watermelon and burgers.

And potato salad.

And baked beans.

And everything else.

I love making turkey burgers because they are healthier than their beef counterpart (don’t get me wrong–love those too!) and they are so fun to add different flavors to. Greek, Asian, Italian, whatever your heart desires. I traditionally make my turkey burgers with parsley, onion, cumin, and a bit of cayenne, but I felt like doing something different this time. I broiled these in the oven, but feel free to throw them on the grill if you want, just be careful as they can be a bit fragile. 

Pizza Turkey Burgers
Makes 6 LARGE burgers

2 pounds ground turkey
~1.5 ounces of sliced pepperoni, diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium yellow onion, grated or diced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup shaved or grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
15.5 ounce can of pizza sauce (or homemade–you probably won’t use the whole can)
12-18 large basil leaves (they will be standing in for lettuce)
approximately 1/4 pound of fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly (one slice for each patty)

1. Combine turkey, pepperoni, oregano, garlic powder, onion, eggs, Parmesan, bread crumbs and salt and pepper in a large bowl using your hands. You don’t want to over-mix, just make sure everything is well distributed.
2. Shape into patties (I like to make them slightly thinner in the middle) and place on a broiler pan. Broil on high for 6 to 7 minutes or until browned, flip burgers over, and continue to cook for about 4 minutes. Add a slice of mozzarella to each patty and broil for an additional 1-2 minutes or until cheese is browned and burgers are cooked through.
3. Meanwhile spoon about 1 tablespoon of sauce on each bun (toast them first if you want!). Place burgers on top of sauce and top with fresh basil. Enjoy!

Verdict: Everyone loved these! The burger is flavorful, the cheese yummy and melty, and the basil fresh and crisp.
Husband’s take: He’s a huge turkey burger fan, and I think he liked these almost as much as the traditional variety that I usually make.
Changes I would make: My burgers were a bit on the thick side, I think you could easily get 8 burgers out of this but my broiler pan wasn’t big enough for 8 burgers…such a dilemma!
Difficulty: Easy!

This picture has nothing to do with the burgers but it’s been awhile since I posted a picture of E…and I just can’t help myself.


Do forgive me. :)

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  3. Nothing better than a burger and these look great.

  4. E looks fantastic! The burger sounds looks YUMMY!

  5. awww she looks extremely adorable!! and I can believe how good that burger looks

  6. I LOVE turkey burgers but these look just incredible! :)

  7. OMG I need these! they look amazing, and if i’m having a turkey burger i need it to be MASSIVE :)

  8. Burgers and Potato Salad. I can’t wait! Love the parmesan in this!

  9. Hmm I’m always skeptical about turkey burgers because they’re so easy to come out so blah. But then I see recipes like this and am convinced I should give them another chance!

  10. This looks so good right now! Love that melty cheese!

  11. Turkey burgers are one of my summer favorites! I love your pizza adaptation…so smart!

  12. Your daughter is to cute! I just love turkey burgers, we make them all the time. I am definitely making these; love this idea and I know these would be a hit!

  13. What an adorable picture of E! As for the burgers, awesome! I make turkey burgers a lot, but never tried with pizza turkey burgers! Sounds delish!

  14. I love this idea of the pizza turkey burger! You really can’t ever go wrong with pizza flavors. :) And I can’t get over how cute your daughter is!!!!

  15. Wow, I love the combo of flavors that you put in these burgers, we may have to try this for our memorial day bbq :) Your daughter is so adorable!

  16. Rach these look amazing! and i just so have a pound of ground turkey thawed that i didnt know what to do with :)
    Looks like dinner tomorrow for me :)

  17. Summer is the best isn’t it?! These burgers look easy and delicious–great combo!

  18. Any recipe that makes pizza and burgers classify as “healthy” sounds fantastic to me!! And wowie that pic of your little one is adorable :).

  19. LOVE this burger idea!! And I do love all the food summer brings. My favorite part is the potato salads…. and corn on the cob!

  20. Look at E! She is so adorable. And these burgers are awesome. Great flavors. And yes on summer food…it’s all amazing!

  21. I love myself a good turkey burger :) they seem so much more juicy and moist than regular burgers and not to mention healthier! I like that this is a spin off pizza with the flavors of pizza in burger!

  22. Wow! These pizza burgers look fantastic, Rachel. Great recipe and beautiful photo of E! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  23. For years I avoided ground turkey; it looked and seemed so boring. But I wanted to cut back on fats, packaged veggie burgers were pretty awful so I decided to give turkey a go in a burger and was pleasantly surprised. It does require more seasoning but that is what has become the fun part and this one looks great!

  24. they look great I will have to try them your daughter is just adorable she is so cute Enjoy your summer with thanks R

  25. This flavor combination sounds perfect for a summer BBQ! And I like the idea of broiling them in the oven–so I could have them even in the winter. :) Also, um, adorable pictures of E are never irrelevant!

  26. I love the variability that turkey burgers have. And although I’m a red meat eater at heart – when I can switch it up for the sake of health, it’s a good day. YUM!

  27. Wow! A pizza and burger in one… Fantastic! Definitely gonna try this recipe soon ;)

    “Happy Cooking”

  28. What a little cutie!!
    These burgers sound perfect. I love making turkey burgers, but have never done this flavor before. Will have to try soon!

  29. Love turkey burgers and love pizza, these are definitely the perfect summer meal for me!

  30. Look at her little cuteness!!!!! And I bet it took like 18 thousandy shots to get a pic that wasn’t blurry of her running, arms flailing, or some funny face… oh wait, is that just my life?

  31. I am definitely going to make these. I have been eating ground turkey a lot and I love pizza, so this is a great combo!

  32. These do look great. Anything resembling pizza is a win!!

  33. I do a variation of this with salsa mixed into the ground turkey. Yours looks even better! E is ADORABLE.

  34. These sound fantastic Rachel! We are definitely turkey burger fans and you can never have too many variations. YUM!

  35. Ah she’s so cute! I completely agree about summer, minus the beans. ;) This burger sounds fantastic! Where’s mine?

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