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By Melaina Gasbarrino | March 1, 2012

Photo: HanaSelly

When you hear the word Sicilian you most likely think of the endless amounts of pasta, pizza and all things-Italian. But you may have never thought of was a Sicilian-inspired Turkey Burger. With the sweet and zesty balance of this burger and biting into that soft ciabatta roll, your taste buds will be singing all the way to your now empty plate.

Using turkey meat will not only add a flavor burst to your burger like no other, but when you purchase lean ground turkey you are packing a whole lot of punch into one burger. Turkey meat is also lower in fat than red meat is, which is perfect if you’re thinking about shedding a few pounds before bikini season comes.

The beauty of these burgers is the addition of the capers. When you scour the Internet for a tasty turkey burger you won’t find too many with capers in them. Let’s just say after tasting this zesty burger, you might just think of Sicilian food in a whole different way.

Adapted from Epicurious

Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids.

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Sicilian Turkey Burger Recipe

Servings: 4
Calories: 420 per serving
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 4 Ciabatta rolls, split
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. In a bowl, mix turkey, tomato paste, cranberries, capers, basil, fennel seeds and sea salt.

2. Once ingredients are mixed together, form the mixture into 4 3/4 inch-thick patties.

3. Coat your grill with cooking spray and grill patties over medium to high heat for approximately 7 minutes, until the underside is well browned; then flip patties and cook an additional 5 minutes.

4. Next top each patty with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan, and cover grill.

5. Cook patties for about 2 minutes, until the internal temperature of each patty is 165°F.

6. As the turkey burgers are cooking, brush the bottom of each Ciabatta roll with a teaspoon of Balsamic vinegar and add the burger.

7. Top the burger with your favorite condiments and serve.

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