This week’s Craving Ellie in My Belly is stuffed turkey burgers, chosen by the lovely Peggy of Pantry Revisited. These were good, not my favorite, but they were good. Lean ground turkey is stuffed with mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, and I added jalapenos as well. To stuff them, you create 8 small patties, flatten them, place your stuffing on top of one, and then top it with another patty and pinch the edges closed. This is pretty easy as long as you don’t over stuff the burgers.

I don’t really like to make turkey burgers because I am always worried that they will not be cooked through, and then I end up over cooking them and that’s gross. I also find that ground turkey gets so dry, so to combat that I used half ground turkey breast and half ground thigh meat. This gave the burger a nice flavor and helped it from totally drying out while my neurosis over cooked these burgers.

The recipe is pretty simple and Ellie barely calls for any seasoning of the meat. Just some salt and pepper once the patties are formed. I luv ya Ellie, but come one, this turkey needs some flavor. It just so happened that the night I made these, Nick came home with a package of Emeril products from FoodBuzz. So I added some of Emeril’s original essence into the meat as well as some Worcestershire sauce. I am not really into Emeril, but I enjoyed his essence, which is just salt, paprika, black pepper, granulated garlic, spices (hmmm?), and onion powder. We also topped our burgers with some of Emeril’s kicked up horseradish mustard. Thanks Emeril and FoodBuzz! :)

So, we have eaten these burgers twice. I made a full recipe of 4 burgers and froze 2 of them for another night. When I made the second set of burgers, I flattened them so that they would cook quicker and then I served them on some flat naan bread that I had in the house. I also topped each burger with a slice of Monterey Jack cheese. This was really good, and I liked the burgers better served this way versus a regular thick fat burger on a roll. (I like my big thick burgers to be made of fattening juicy red meat) :yes: I really enjoyed the bites with the roasted red pepper. I think if I make these again, I would chop up the red pepper into small pieces and mix it into the meat instead of stuffing them. We ate this with a simple salad and some baked potato chips. This was a great and super easy dinner. Thanks for a great pick Peggy!