Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Goat cheese is key to keeping the burgers moist and juicy. Stuff the usual turkey burgers with herbed goat cheese for a wonderful surprise!

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Yield: 5 burgers
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
5 tablespoons soft fresh goat cheese
5 hamburger buns, or whole wheat toast
handful of greens of your choice (iceberg lettuce, arugula, spinach)

For lemon mustard sauce:
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon lemon flavored olive oil (can use olive oil with 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice)
1 tablespoon orange juice
crushed black pepper to taste


For burgers:

  1. Combine ground turkey, lemon juice and zest, egg, dried herbs, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands or a fork. 
  2. Divide turkey mixture into 10 equal portions. Form the portions into 3 inch diameter patties.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon soft goat cheese atop 1 turkey patty and place the second patty on top of the cheese. 
  4. Seal the patties at the edges. Repeat with the rest of the turkey portions. 
  5. If making ahead of time, cover and refrigerate. 
  6. Prepare grill with medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray to avoid burgers sticking on grill. 
  7. Grill burgers until cooked, about 5 minutes per side. Cheese will ooze from the side, and that's perfectly normal. 
  8. To prepare the sauce, mix the mustard, orange juice, lemon olive oil, and black pepper in a small bowl. 
  9. Grill buns, or bread slices, until lightly toasted. 
  10. Spread mustard sauce on bottom slice. Top with turkey burger and greens, and serve. Enjoy!


Nikita Gupta

Computer science girl at Cornell University. Passion for tech; Love to eat.