CEimB: Stuffed Turkey Burgers

by Joanne on August 13, 2009

This weeks CEimB recipe was chosen by Peggy of Pantry Revisited


Vegetarian Stuffed Turkey Burger

I wanted to make this Ellie Krieger recipe for my parents before they headed down to South Carolina.  I knew my father would enjoy them, but my mother was a big question mark because, although she loves cheese, she only loves Extra Sharp Cheddar and NOT melted.  In addition to those two restrictions, my mother has an allergic reaction to various spices.  I accommodated her taste preferences by substituting the extra sharp cheddar for the mozzarella and, because we weren’t sure if she would react to red bell pepper, we substituted onion.  Those items were used to stuff her burger. Did the melted cheese turn her off? No. Her burger was a success.

The burgers made for me, vegetarian version, were made according to the recipe but with the following:  1. Gimme Lean Sausage for the turkey 2.  I added a chopped chipotle pepper in adobe sauce to the mozzarella and red pepper stuffing.  Along with the mozzarella, I added goat cheese. YUM!

I didn’t have red roasted peppers so I simply finely chopped a red bell pepper to stuff in the vegetarian and regular version of the burgers.

The burgers made for my father and Ted had a dash of Worcestershire sauce added along with 1 egg. *See below

The Ellie Version of Stuffed Turkey Burger

The Ellie Version of Stuffed Turkey Burger

In Savour magazine, the September 2009 issue, one article discusses the burger: “the perfect food. ”  Offered are some tasty topping and ingredient suggestions with the different flavors they might add to the burger. 

  1. Cheddar cheese – offers a hint of caramel (I’ve never notice…but..whatever)
  2. Goat cheese – offers “tang”. Okay.. I get that.
  3. Roasted red peppers – offer a smoky, sweet accent.  Wish I could have experienced that… next time.
  4. 1 egg – helps to keep the burger moist as it cooks.
  5. Dash of Worcestershire sauce – added for tang and depth of flavor
  6. Sliced tomatoes – a “meaty, sweet presence between beef and bun”
  7. Onions – briefly soak in ice water to temper intensity.

In Ellie’s recipe  on page 218 of “The Food You Crave”, she makes the burgers with only 6 ingredients:  ground turkey, red roasted peppers, part skimmed mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper, and whole wheat buns.  A total of 310 calories with 7 g fat.  Not bad!  

The result of the Great Stuffed Apple Crumble Turkey/Non-Turkey Burger:  4 out of 4 thumbs up.  We all were absolutely thrilled with the results.  However, dinner was not put on the table without setbacks:

  • My mother first asked for a plain burger.  As you just read, I made adjustments.
  • The rolls my parents bought were “hoagie” rolls. Ok – we cut them in half.
  • Ted went to start the grill. No propane.
  • Preheat oven to broil.  When my burgers were done, we put the rolls in and well….
Ted's burned buns

Ted's burned buns

The rolls were kind of forgotten.  Upon opening the oven after smelling the burn, flames flew out of the chamber.
Dad said if I had been a better photographer, I would have captured the moment. 
 Ted said, we were lucky he didn’t make a dash for the back door with flaming buns in hand, dropping each fire bomb along the way.   
We were all lucky that there were 4 buns left that we could still use.
The stuffing in the Vegetarian Version of the burger

The stuffing in the Vegetarian Version of the burger

This easy recipe, made challenging in the AC kitchen turned out GREAT!
Good pick Peggy!
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  • At 2009.08.13 10:32, Mary Ann said:

    I love the burnt buns! That is an awesome picture.
    I am always amazed at all the different versions of the recipes that you make, they all sound so good to me.
    They all look good!

    • At 2009.08.13 10:37, Cathy said:

      Wow, both the turkey and the vegetarian version look great! And 4 out of 4 thumbs up – can’t get better than that! I laughed reading about your grilling adventures – no propane? Burned buns? Yup, been there many times.

      • At 2009.08.13 12:31, Amy I. said:

        It’s great that you were able to make this work for everyone and think up all those different variations… very creative! Nice work!

        • At 2009.08.13 12:31, Anne said:

          Cooking can often be an adventure, don’t you think?

          Anyway, I was going to sit this one out, but on second thought, they look so good … and Ellie’s recipes always turn out to be such a surprise, that I think I’ll try to find a turkey substitute here in the neighborhood “tienda” and give them a try

          • At 2009.08.13 13:54, Aggie said:

            My bread always looks like that! LOL!

            Great way to make this recipe work for you!! Looks yummy!

            • At 2009.08.13 15:54, Kayte said:

              Always exciting to see/hear what goes on in everyone’s kitchens each week…LOL! Makes us all feel a whole lot better about what goes on in ours! Enjoyed hearing about your subs to the recipe…all sound great to me! Great photos of great food.

              • At 2009.08.13 18:53, peggy said:

                Oh no, the buns! But glad you liked the burgers. I think the egg and worchestershire were great additions and I bet the cheddar was really tasty!! Thanks for cooking with me this week. 🙂

                • At 2009.08.13 21:56, Sara said:

                  Wow, great job. I am always excited to see what you have done with the recipe each week. Glad all your versions were a success.

                  • At 2009.08.14 08:47, applec said:

                    Thanks for the comments. This recipe was fun and really good. It seems most of us enjoyed it and will make it again.

                    • At 2009.08.14 16:22, Lauryn said:

                      I love how thoughtful you are in accomodating all of your different likes and dislikes of your family members!! Every version you made sound delicious!! I loved these!!

                      • At 2009.08.16 01:25, Leslie said:

                        So glad you salvaged the evening (and the buns) without any disappointment in your lovely burgers! They sound fantastic with the sharp cheddar!

                        • At 2009.08.17 01:18, Liz said:

                          Glad you enjoyed these and I love seeing your variations on the original. I am a sharp cheddar fan as well and will be trying that in a stuffed burger in the near future I’m sure! 🙂

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