I hope you enjoy Kristin’s guest post!
Guest Post: Iowa Girl Eats
Hello PB Fingers readers! My name’s Kristin and I write the blog Iowa Girl Eats where I share my quick & easy recipes, workout ideas and travel adventures across the country, and the world.
I’m very excited to guest post for Julie while she’s off exploring Europe (my invitation must’ve gotten lost in the mail!) Since the weather’s warming up all over the country, and I’m looking for any excuse to use the grill these days, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite grill recipes with you – Mozzarella-Stuffed Bruschetta Burgers with Balsamic Glaze!
I became obsessed with stuffing burgers last summer, trying everything from Apricot Glazed Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Goat Cheese to Stuffed Pizza Burgers. These Bruschetta Burgers are at the top of my list though. Garden-fresh tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese, and sweet balsamic glaze make an otherwise ho-hum burger, super special.
Mozzarella-Stuffed Bruschetta Turkey Burgers with Balsamic Glaze
1 lb 99% lean ground turkey breast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup balsamic vinegar
5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned
Salt & pepper, to taste
1. In a large bowl combine turkey, salt, pepper, basil and parmesan cheese. Divide mixture into 8 portions.
2. Line a peanut butter jar lid with foil, then plastic wrap and press 1 portion of the turkey mixture into the lid. Heap 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese into the middle, then top with another portion of turkey. Press down to seal, then invert the patty onto a plate. Continue until you have 4 burger patties.
3. Grill burgers for 4 minutes a side over medium-high heat.
4. For bruschetta: combine all ingredients, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly.
5. For balsamic blaze: heat balsamic vinegar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Let simmer, and stir frequently, until the vinegar has reached the consistency of thin maple syrup.
6. Top grilled burgers with bruschetta and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
One look into the center of the burger reveals the mouth-watering, ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese.
I can’t tell you how insanely yummy it tastes with the syrupy-sweet balsamic glaze and bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes and basil. I just love this flavor combo – it screams “SUMMER!”
Thanks for reading everyone – now get grillin’!