Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lasagna Turkey Burgers

I was thinking about all the different ways to turn ground turkey into something delish when I came up with this recipe. At first I wasn't sure if it would work because the ingredients have a lot of water in them, but they ended up turning out great and sooo amazingly tender. My sister raved about these for a week straight!

What you will need: 
1 pkg extra lean ground turkey
1 cup of ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 pkg of frozen chopped spinach- thawed
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp onion salt
1 tsp of Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cups of pasta sauce (homemade or store bought) 
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Hamburger buns 

First you will want to strain your spinach to soak up the excess water, you can do this by putting a few layers of paper towel in the strainer and put the spinach on top and using a spoon press down on the spinach until the excess water is gone, or you can squeeze the spinach between a clean towel to get rid of the excess water. IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE THE SPINACH IS AS DRAINED OF THE WATER AS YOU CAN GET IT! 

Next, drain the water in the ricotta cheese container container so you are only working with the cheese itself. Add the spinach, cheese, egg, turkey, Panko, and seasonings to the bowl and mix together (using hands is the best way). 

(Preheat oven to 350 before cooking burgers) Heat large pan on medium-low heat (or medium depending on your stove) with 1-2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and form you mixture into patties, ensure to press down on the centers of the patty for an even cook. Mine took about 10 minutes each side, keep and eye because they will burn fast! And don't try to flip them too soon, because they will break.

Once your burgers are cooked, on a cookie sheet lay out the buns (both bottom and top half) and on the bottom halves put your turkey burger, pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella and cook in the oven for about 7 mins (make sure your buns don't burn! You just want to make the buns toasty and melt the cheese, so just enough time for that. Then take them out and enjoy!


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