Friday, July 18, 2014

Bruschetta Turkey Burgers

This recipe gets its start in the pages of a magazine at the hair salon. I normally read a Redbook magazine at the salon but this day I picked up a Better Homes and Gardens. Inside were some wonderful recipes. I went home and pinned them all. The first recipe I tried was a Double Tomato Relish. This stuff is amazing! It is like "Italian salsa" in that it is addictive like salsa, but very Italian in flavor. It is both tangy and sweet. The combination of fresh and dried tomatoes is amazing! I guess bruschetta is to Italian food as salsa and chips is to Mexican food. At least that thought is what gave me the idea to modify my Cilantro Lime Turkey Burgers into a Bruschetta Turkey Burger. I just substituted the Mexican flavors and ingredients for the Italian flavors you would find in bruschetta. I used basil and lemon zest inside the burger and topped it with mozzarella cheese. But the star of this recipe is the Double Tomato Relish. It has big Italian and tomato flavor. It is just wonderful! Trust me you could eat it on toast. Wait that is bruschetta! You get the point, you just have to try this relish and this burger.

Bruschetta Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 servings


20 oz. ground turkey (93% lean)
Zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. basil, finely chopped
Kosher salt, black and red pepper, to taste
Olive oil
4 slices of mozzarella cheese
3/8 cup Double Tomato Relish (recipe below)
4 Hamburger Buns


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients gently. Shape mixture into 4 patties, making the patties thinner in the middle then the edge. Coat hands in a little olive oil and rub on the outside of each patty.

Grill, covered with grill lid, 6 to 7 minutes. Flip burger and grill covered for another 4 minutes. At 2 minutes in, top each burger with 1 slice of cheese. Continue to cook 2 minutes until cooked through and cheese is melted. Place hamburger buns on the top rack of the grill to toast while cheese is melting. Serve on hamburger buns with Double Tomato Relish.

I sort of messed with the BHG Double Tomato Relish recipe a little. First, I made more because it was just that good. Second, I used the entire 3 oz. bag of dried tomatoes because I don't like having the little bit left in the pantry. Third, I used a Vidalia onion instead of red onion. I did not have red onion plus, I love the sweetness the Vidalia added to the recipe. I did add balsamic vinegar, basil and oregano. I thought it was necessary to make the relish more like the iconic bruschetta topping. It was delicious! Great on the burger, toasty bread, grits with a little grilled shrimp and in a salad. Any where you want a tomato try a little of this relish. It is so good!

Double Tomato Relish
Adapted from: Better Homes and Gardens
Makes about 3 cups


3 oz. moist packed, dried tomatoes, finely chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 
1/4 cup Italian parsley, basil and oregano, chopped
Kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes, to taste


In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.

Notes: Look for dried tomatoes labeled extra moist and ready to eat; they will be plump and soft. Use a mix of herbs to your taste, I use 1 part parsley, 1/2 part basil and 1/4 part oregano.

Linking to:
Carole's Chatter: Food on Fridays - Dill & Basil
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My Turn for Us: Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends
Snippets of Inspiration: Weekend Wind Down Link Party
The Tumbleweed Contessa: What'd You Do This Weekend?
Yesterfood: Treasure Box Tuesday
Stone Cottage Adventures: Tuesdays with a Twist
Creative K Kids: Tasty Tuesdays
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Buns In My Oven: What's Cookin' Wednesday
Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday
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  1. I love turkey burgers!!! Yummy! Wow, there is so much food so little time. Haha. I'd like you to do a guest post on my blog if your interested! you can email me at Happy Friday (again, haha)

    1. Thank you! Leslie, I would love too. You have mail. Have a great weekend!

  2. this looks delicious! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kid's Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your recipe to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

  3. Looks delicious to me! I love bruschetta! So glad you linked it up with us at #FoodieFridays!

  4. Just pinned your awesome recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday!
    Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Oh my gosh, I am all over that tomato relish. I can find lots and lots of things to do with it! It's always fun to put a new twist on burgers (and I dig a good burger!)


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