Ciabatta Turkey Burger

 

The first time I had this burger was at my friend Cindy’s house.  I was surprised when she told me what she was serving, because I automatically think of turkey burger as healthy, which equals no flavor.  Boy was I wrong!  The addition of all the aromatic ingredients really made the burger pop.  She also cooked it just perfectly, not overdried, which is easy to do with lean turkey.

I came home and decided to make it, but with a ciabatta bun, not a regular burger bun.  I really love the chewiness and crisp outer crust of the bread.  It adds another layer of texture to the whole thing. It also doesn’t hurt that the ciabatta makes it look a little fancier too! I love fancy!!

 

Ciabatta Turkey Burger

2 ½ pounds ground turkey

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 egg

½ cup red pepper, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1 Tbsp ketchup

1 Tbsp chile powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

pinch cayenne pepper

 

For sandwich

8 ciabatta buns

mayonnaise

mustard

8 slices cheese

8 leaves of lettuce

1 tomato, sliced

1 avocado, sliced

Put ground turkey into a large bowl.  Add all other ingredients and mix until well incorporated.  Form into 8 burger patties.  Grill on panini press about 7 minutes or until done and juices run clear.  If you don’t have a panini press, you can pan fry them in a hot pan with 2 Tbsp of cooking oil for about 4 minutes a side.  Either way, do not overcook. Turkey burgers can dry out very quickly.

I serve the turkey burgers on a ciabatta bun, with mayonnaise, mustard, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

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