Heat Up the Grill

Turkey burgers pair perfectly with grilled onions and peppers.

Turkey burger with grilled onions and peppers, Image by Rachel Johnson

SAVORY GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS

Take dinner outside with this summer favorite.

MAKES: 4 BURGERS

PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced parsley

1 tablespoon minced cilantro

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pound ground turkey

Salt and pepper

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into four portions

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4 potato hamburger buns

1 cup fresh spring mix lettuce

1 batch grilled red peppers and onions (see instructions below)

1. Heat outdoor grill to medium-high; clean and oil grates.

2. Mix olive oil, parsley, cilantro, vinegar, garlic and kosher salt; set aside 2 tablespoons to use with the peppers and onions.

3. Combine remaining sauce with turkey; gently mix. Form into four patties.

4. Season with salt and pepper; grill 5 to 8 minutes per side or until meat thermometer reads 160°F and juices run clear.

5. Just before removing from the grill, top each patty with a slice of mozzarella; close the grill 30 seconds to melt cheese.

6. Grill or toast buns, if desired.

7. Distribute spring mix evenly on the bottom bun; top with burger, grilled vegetables and remaining bun.

GRILLED PEPPERS AND ONIONS

Use these to top your turkey burger.

MAKES: 2 CUPS

TOTAL TIME: 30 MINUTES

2 large red bell peppers

1 medium white onion

2 tablespoons seasoned oil mixture (set aside earlier from turkey burger recipe)

Salt and pepper

1. Heat outdoor grill to medium-high; make sure grill grates are clean and oiled.

2. Trim stem and bottoms of peppers; discard veins and seeds. Cut each pepper into four even portions, pressing each as flat as will allow. Trim and quarter onion; tear into petals.

3. Toss vegetables with oil mixture; season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Cook about 5 minutes (vegetables may lay directly on grill grate, be skewered or be thrown into a vented grill pan).

5. Set aside to top burgers.

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