Peperonata Turkey Burgers

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Author Notes: I often make turkey meatballs for spaghetti which I flavor with garlic, fennel seed and crushed red pepper for a "sausage" like taste. I took that same mixture, formed patties and took them to the grill. Topped with cheese and some peperonata, it makes for a great burger!inpatskitchen


Serves 4

For the turkey burgers

  • 1 pound ground turkey (I used a 90/10 mix)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (optional or use less if you like)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed a bit
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unseasoned panko crumbs
  1. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. ( A little longer is better)

For the peperonata and putting it all together

  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow or orange or a combination)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 ounces ( 1/4 cup) water
  • 1 tablespoon minced oregano leaves
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves
  • The seasoned turkey mixture
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 of your favorite burger buns
  1. Core and seed the bell peppers and slice into thin strips. Peel the onion and slice thinly. Mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and add the peppers. After a few minutes, add the sliced onion. Saute over medium heat until the peppers and onions soften. This could take about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and sauté a few more minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Stir in the water and tomato sauce, bring up to a simmer and simmer with the pan partially covered until the peppers become very soft and the sauce thickens up a bit. Stir in the basil and oregano.
  5. Form the turkey mixture into 4 patties and grill them on an oiled grill over medium heat. About a minute or two before the patties are done, place a slice of cheese on top.
  6. Place the burgers on the buns and top with some of the peperonata.

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