I’m a big fan of grilling out and all of the fun things that go along with it (like drinking beer, nice weather, being outside), but I’m not a big fan of actually “handling a grill”. I mean, I guess I’ve never tried it, but the whole propane tank just scares me.
So what’s a girl to do when she wants a juicy burger but is lacking the grilling skills? Make them on the stove top, of course!
Now, these are not just any plain ‘ol burger. These are lean turkey burgers filled with grated zucchini and carrots, topped with provolone cheese and chipotle mayo.
If that wasn’t enough, the burgers are sandwiched between toasted focaccia bread. Then topped with some fresh boston lettuce for some added crunch.
Served with some sweet potato fries and a side of the chipotle mayo for dipping. This makes a great meal for anyone who isn’t too keen on firing up the grill. Or someone looking for a healthier option than a beef burger.
The chipotle mayo isn’t the picture of health, but it can be made with low-fat mayo. I like to think there’s room for a little fat in every diet…everything in moderation!
For the turkey burgers:
- 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 1 medium zucchini grated
- 1 medium carrot grated
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 3/4 tsp dried thyme
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Focaccia round cut in half horizontally, then cut into triangles for the buns.
- Boston lettuce
- Provolone cheese
For the chipotle mayo:
- 1/2 cup mayo I used reduced fat mayo made with olive oil
- 2 adobe chiles I used canned adobe chiles in adobe sauce found in the Hispanic section of the grocery store
- 1 tbsp adobe sauce from the canned adobe chiles
- Heat broiler.
- In large bowl, combine the turkey, zucchini, carrot, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, and egg.
- Mix together with your hands...sounds kind of gross but it's the easiest way to get it all mixed evenly.
- Form into patties. I got 7 patties out of it but it can vary depending on how big you want your burgers.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in large skillet over medium heat.
- Cook the patties, turning once on each side, until there is no longer any pink.
- This takes about 4-5 minutes each side depending on how big you make your patties.
- When your patties are almost done cooking, brush the focaccia with the remaining olive oil, then place under broiler for about 1 minute.
- When the focaccia buns and burgers are done, place one patty on top of half of a bun, top with cheese and place under broiler for 1 more minute to melt cheese.
- Top with lettuce and chipotle mayo (recipe below) and enjoy!
To make the chipotle mayo:
- Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until completely mixed.