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Grilled Lasagna Turkey Burger

Grilled Lasagna Turkey Burger

It's a burger with lasagna noodles and marinara and cheese on French bread. An Italian-burgers-French bread mash-up that's simply amazing. MORE+LESS-

1/2

cup loose parsley leaves

1

tablespoon Italian seasoning

1

pinch of salt and pepper

1

can (11 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated French bread

4

curly lasagna noodles (may need to be trimmed to fit buns)

1/2

cup Muir Glen™ organic tomato sauce

3-6 slices mozzarella cheese

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  • 1

    In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Using your hands, form meat into two elongated burger loaves. If you have the time, let sit on a covered plate in the refrigerator for two hours to allow flavors to mingle.

  • 2

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the French bread from the tube and cut it in half, crosswise. Place the two halves on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until the bread is baked all the way through. Cool slightly and slice in half lengthwise.

  • 3

    In the meantime, boil the lasagna noodles until tender and transfer to a plate to rest.

  • 4

    On a grill (or in a skillet with a teaspoon of oil), sear the burgers all over until browned and cooked through. Place the cheese on top of the burgers and cover to melt the cheese.

  • 5

    Heat the Muir Glen sauce in a small saucepan until heated through.

  • 6

    Place one lasagna noodle on the bottom half of the bread, followed by the cheesy burgers. Spoon the marinara over the cheesy burgers and place another lasagna noodle on top. Garnish with lettuce greens and cover with the top half of the bread. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • After adding the cheese, you can broil to speed up the melting process on the burger.
  • Have a cup of marinara on the side to dip the burger in.

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More About This Recipe

  • Italian food plus cheesy burgers plus French bread. Amen.This is definitely going to freak you out. In a happy-happy-joy-joy way. A giddy pants way. A write-home-about-it way.It's an Italian-style seasoned turkey burger, all grilled or seared or whatever you want to do, smothered in mozzarella cheese, and then smothered again in tomato sauce. IN BETWEEN TWO LASAGNA NOODLES. The curly kind. The old-school kind. And then get this; it's all sandwiched between some straight-from-the-oven baked French bread. Am I kidding? No, I'm not.I didn't come up with this genius creation, sad to say. But when my eyes fell upon Nick's version on Dude Foods, I went into a happy coma.What you'll do is bake that bread, sear the meat, melt the cheese on it, heat some Muir Glen tomato sauce and put it all together! Layer layer layer. A freaking lasagna burger. I mean what.My work here is done.

Bar-B-Q Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

Grilled pineapple-studded guacamole is piled on top of these turkey burgers that have been brushed with a sweet-and-spicy bar-b-q sauce.

Grilling season is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than with burgers!?

Not just any burgers. I’m talking about turkey burgers that have been topped with a sweet, spicy, cool guacamole that’s bursting with grilled pineapple flavor.

And let’s not forget to mention the totally rockin’ flavor of Stubb’s Sweet Heat Bar-B-Q Sauce. This stuff is delicious! It has a sweet, molasses and brown sugar base that finishes with the smoky heat of chipotle peppers.

And, as always, this sauce is bursting with flavor without containing any artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, MSG or high fructose corn syrup.

Because real food doesn’t need any of that added… junk.

For these burgers, I wanted to get a nice crust on the outside of burgers, which is why a good layer of salt on both sides of each patty is key. I had my husband grill them, and he seared them over the coals before moving them over to indirect heat to finish cooking. If you’re using gas, just be sure to watch them so they don’t overcook.

Turkey burger patties can be a little less firm than beef, so grilling them on top of a non-stick BBQ vegetable grill tray can be a nice little insurance policy. If you have one on hand, I definitely recommend using it. Because there’s nothing worse than having a burger fall through the grill grates!

Except maybe having your entire grill roll off the porch, tossing all of its contents onto your freshly mowed lawn. Not that that ever happened to us.

Anyhow, I had my husband brush each patty with some of the bar-b-q sauce after he flipped them. The sauce cooked down into that beautiful crust and got nice and golden.

After the burgers come off the grill, either brush them with more sauce, or make a little pile to dip your burger in before each bite.

Or do both. This is a judgement free zone.

The charred pineapple adds a whole new dimension to the guacamole on top of these burgers. I cut everything pretty small to make sure it would hold together on top of the burgers, and it worked out really well.

We had some leftover guacamole, which was great on top of some baby arugula for lunch the next day – no dressing required!

These burgers were bold, bright and bursting with flavor. It can be hard for a turkey burger to really pack a punch, but in this instance, it was a total knockout!

Looking for more ways to use ground turkey? Check out some of our favorite recipes:

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Grilled Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

For the meat sauce:

  • 1 lb hot Italian Sausage links
  • 1 tbsp Colonial Chile Infused Oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onion, small dice
  • 3/4 cup carrots, grated
  • 2 tbsp Cattleman&rsquos Grill Italiano Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 Calabrian chiles, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 (28 oz can) Ciao San Marzano Whole Peeled Italian Tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

For the ricotta spread:

  • 1 lb mozzarella
  • 4 oz parmesan
  • 2 lb ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, minced
  • 2 tbsp Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Cattleman&rsquos Grill Italiano Seasoning

Instructions

Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to 425°F, set up for direct grilling.

Grill the sausage links over direct heat until you have nice grill marks on all sides. Remove from the grill. Cool and dice.

To make the meat sauce:

Preheat a Lodge 6 Quart Enamel Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Add the Colonial Chile Infused Oil, then the ground beef. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to medium. Add the onion, carrot and Cattleman&rsquos Grill Italiano Seasoning. Cook until the onions begin to turn translucent.

Add the tomato paste, garlic and Calabrian chiles. Cook for about one minute stirring frequently.

Add the white wine and cook until nearly entirely reduced, scraping the bottom of the dutch oven with a wooden spoon to loosen the fond.

Add the juice from the can of Ciao San Marzano Whole Peeled Italian Tomatoes. Crush the whole tomatoes by hand, then add them to the dutch oven as well. Pour in the beef stock, half-and-half and diced Italian sausage links.

Bring the sauce to a simmer and allow to reduce and thicken for about 15 minutes. You should have about 8 cups of sauce when it is finished.

To make the ricotta spread:

Combine the mozzarella and parmesan and toss to mix. Remove one cup of the cheese and set aside for later.

Combine the remaining mozzarella and parmesan with the ricotta, eggs, Cattleman&rsquos Grill Italiano Seasoning, basic and Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Mix well with a spatula.

Build the lasagna in a half sized disposable foil pan. Start by spreading 1/4 of the meat sauce in the bottom of the pan. Cover the sauce with sheets of oven ready lasagna, overlapping them slightly and covering the entire surface. Top the lasagna with another 1/4 of the meat sauce, followed by half of the ricotta spread. Spread the mixture out evenly. Repeat the process with another layer of pasta, 1/4 meat sauce, 1/2 (remaining) ricotta mixture. Again spread the mixture evenly. Top with one last layer of pasta, then the remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle the reserved mozzarella/parmesan mixture over the sauce.

The pan should be very full. Turn up the sides of the pan, if needed. Spray a foil lid with pan spray, then cover the pan.

Cook the lasagna on the second shelf of the grill at 425°F for 45 minutes. Remove the lid and cook uncovered for another 45 minutes, or until the top of the Grilled Lasagna is browned and sauce is bubbling around the edges.

Let the Grilled Lasagna cool for about 15 minutes before slicing to serve.


There’s nothing like a big juicy burger fresh off the grill. These Asian style turkey burgers are lower in fat but high on flavor. A nice alternative if you’re looking for a healthier option.

Despite the high ingredient count, these are easy and simple to make, and the rich flavors make it all worth while


Tips to Keep Turkey Burgers Juicy:

My recipe is deliciously flavored and keeps the turkey moist and rich throughout the process from making a turkey patty to grilling it. Here are a few extra tips to ensure the turkey burger is prepared and grilled to perfection!

  • Milk: Add a little milk to the turkey burger mixture. This can help keep the meat moist as well as tender while grilling.
  • Butter: Just to ensure a moist and juicy burger even if it is over cooked, adding a slice of butter to the tops of each patty before cooking helps eliminate any mishaps.
  • Overcooking: It is best to use a meat thermometer to check the burgers while grilling. Turkey burgers can be overcooked and dry out easily. Once the internal degrees reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove them from heat immediately.

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns

Turkey burgers are for sissies . They're like veggie burgers made from meat. At least that's what I used to think when I ate red meat. I assumed they lacked flavor, were dry and crumbly, didn't have that juicy pink center and were plain old boring.

But don't let the light meat fool you. Turkey burgers are awesome . Not only are they lower calorie, but they typically are lower in fat and easier on your system. Plus, turkey burgers just taste good.

Especially when they're spiced with fresh oregano and topped with avocado.

But how can you make the already healthy turkey burger even healthier? Skip the bun, of course!

Yes, I know, gluten-free bread and hamburger buns are utterly delightful, but sometimes the extra calories feel unnecessary. Wouldn't you rather save those calories for a piece decadent chocolate cake? Or a slice of heavenly cheesecake?

Skipping that carbo loaded bun can sometimes throw a burger off completely, but not when it's sandwiched between two slices of char grilled zucchini. Your mind tricks you into thinking you're eating a bun, but your taste buds outsmart you with the rich, summery taste of grilled vegetables.

If you're still a turkey burger skeptic, this recipe will change your mind.

Filled with fresh herbs and garlic, topped with juicy red tomatoes and ripe avocado, and sandwiched between two grilled zucchini slices, these burgers are simply summer in every healthy bite.


How Many Weight Watchers Points is Sliced Turkey, Ground Turkey, and More?

I know that life happens and sometimes you have to pick and choose what bills to pay (been there, done that!).

However, I really want you to succeed in your weight loss journey so I’m sharing a handful of Weight Watcher Turkey points to help you stay on track.

This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it includes my favorite turkey items and is a good selection of food choices, in my opinion.

Turkey breast – 0 points
Extra-lean ground turkey – 0 points.
Deli sliced turkey – 1 point | 2 ounces: This can vary by brand but this is a general guide)
Turkey pepperoni – 2 points | 15 thin slices: I know a lot of people use this for a snack and why not? 15 slices for 2 points is great, plus I have found that protein helps fill me up.
Turkey bacon – 3 points | 3 slices
Turkey sausage – 3 points | 1 link
Ground turkey – 5 points | 3 ounces
Ground turkey 93% lean – 4 points | 4 ounces


The ingredients you'll need

You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make these tasty turkey burgers. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:

Ground turkey: Use ground thighs - 93% lean - not dry turkey breast.

Mayonnaise: I like to use avocado oil mayonnaise, but any mayonnaise will work.

Dijon mustard: This traditional French mustard is creamier and less vinegary than yellow mustard.

Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you might want to reduce the amount you use.

Spices: Garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Make sure your spices are fresh - a stale spice can easily ruin a dish.

Chopped parsley: It's best to use fresh parsley. But you can use a teaspoon of dried parsley instead.

Olive oil: For frying. It's such a delicious oil, but if you worry about cooking with it, you can use avocado oil instead. It has a higher smoke point.


You can make sandwiches or these turkey sliders a day or two in advance for the perfect make-ahead meal.

Follow these simple steps to make your life that much easier:

  • Season the ground turkey and form into small thick patties. Make sure you have the perfect meat to bun ratio and that your patty isn't small than the diameter of your bun and place in an air tight container or on a plate tightly wrapped with plastic wrap
  • Wash and pat dry your veggies, store in a zip loc bag, and place in the fridge
  • On the day of, remove the patties from the fridge and bring to room temperature (place on counter top for approximately 15 to 20 minutes) and cook accordingly

If you're looking for other simple and healthy recipes using ground turkey, check out the following recipes by clicking on the highlighted links:

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