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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Recipe By Tessa Arias
August 14th, 2009

I was pretty excited to make these as I have never made stuffed burgers or any type of burger that was healthy before.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

This week’s pick for Craving Ellie in my Belly was Stuffed Turkey Burgers, chosen by Peggy of Pantry Revisited. I was pretty excited to make these as I have never made stuffed burgers or any type of burger that was healthy before.

The burgers turned out just okay, a lot better than they look in the photo though! These burgers were not very photogenic. I don’t know if they weren’t better because I didn’t use a grill (I don’t have one, I used a grill pan) or maybe I didn’t season them well enough (although I did season the meat before I formed the patties so they’d be seasoned inside and out) but the burgers just didn’t have that wow factor. They definitely needed more cheese, the amount called for didn’t seem like enough. However, I will admit that forming these patties was kind of messy for me and mozzarella did end up in a lot of places besides inside the patties.

Either way, I served them to my mom and brother and they still enjoyed them. I’m sure after a few tweaks and learning some better and neater patty forming skills, this recipe would be a lot tastier. The nice thing is, though, that this recipe is cheap, quick, easy, and adaptable.

Note: I used Sara Lee Whole Wheat Buns with these which I later realized was a mistake: the third ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup! Third! Gross. I’ve realized that pretty much all Sara Lee bread products has high fructose corn syrup.

How to make
Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
I was pretty excited to make these as I have never made stuffed burgers or any type of burger that was healthy before.


  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Divide turkey into 4 equal sized rounds. Make 2 equal sized patties out of each round so you have 8 patties total. Sprinkle 4 of the patties with 2 tablespoons red peppers and cheese, and top with remaining patties, working the turkey around the edges to seal burgers closed. Season with salt and a few grinds of pepper. Grill or broil until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Recipe Notes

The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Alyssa — August 14, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Good to know about the Sara Lee products.. I really need to start reading the ingredient list and not just the label!

    I know better.

  2. #
    Aggie — August 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    That HFCS sneaks up in everything doesn't it!! Ugh!

    We really enjoyed the burgers, but I agree that they weren't very photogenic! Mine looked burnt! Yours looks great, so juicy!!

  3. #
    Sara — August 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I agree that they needed more cheese, my mozzarella did not stay neatly in its little pocket. I added a slice of monterey jack to mine.

  4. #
    Pamela — August 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Though they were not pretty at all here either, we liked them. Glad your family enjoyed them!

  5. #
    Rachel — August 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I've stopped buying Sara Lee bread for that reason.

  6. #
    Tessa — August 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Alyssa- Sometimes the health claims on the packaging make you believe that something like HFCS wouldn't be in there, but like Aggie said, it sneaks up on you!

    Aggie- I think meat in general is hard to photograph! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sara- I'm glad I'm not the only one who's cheese didn't stay put. Yours must have had a little kick to them with the Monterrey jack and jalapenos! Yum.

    Pamela- I'm glad you guys liked them too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rachel- I stopped buying Sara Lee, too. But unfortunately I made these burgers at my mom's house and that was all she had. I've been thinking of starting to make my own breads so I can control what goes in them.

  7. #
    Karine — August 18, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Thank you to share about Sara Lee products. I will definitively avoid them now!

  8. #
    Bedroom Talk — August 19, 2009 at 7:05 am

    oh my jeez the nutella ravioli looks great I'm tempted to try it and see what my friends think. I had the same problem with turkey burgers in the past, when you use a outdoor grill it somewhat makes it look better but nothing to jump for joy about sadly. Barefoot Contessa had some great turkey burgers you must try though!

  9. #
    Peggy — August 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Hey your burgers look great. Thanks for cooking with me on this one. I was hoping it was an easy fix for busy folk like me. Great job.

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