Italian Turkey Burgers with Pesto Mayo

Yesterday was one of those days when I didn’t start out with a set “plan” for dinner.  I knew I had ground turkey (bo-ring!) and could make turkey burgers, but I wanted something a little different.   Regular turkey burgers can be so dull, right?  I dug around my fridge more only to discover we had leftover fresh mozzarella from our Friday night pizzas – score!  I also had some fresh tomatoes from my parent’s garden that I wanted to use, soooo…..this is how ITALIAN turkey burgers came together! First I started with the ground turkey….mixed in salt, pepper, minced garlic, 2-3 tbs s of Trader Joe’s Marinara, 1 – 2 tbs of fresh Parmesan cheese and PLENTY of fresh basil…..

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then, I did the obvious, I formed them into patties:

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While the hubs had these on the grill, I whipped up a SUPER easy mayo which consisted of two ingredients – – olive oil mayonnaise and store bought pesto (yes, I know I can make my own, but who has time for that?)  I seriously just added pesto until it tasted good – no exact measurements here, friends!

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I had the hubs add the sliced fresh mozzarella to the burgers right before he took them off the grill & we topped them with a smear of the pesto mayo & a slice of fresh tomato. Voila!  Here’s the hub’s plate!  Who doesn’t have sweet potato fries with their burgers?  Oh….silly me, I should have also noted that we do our burgers bun-less here.  While it’s not my hubby’s preference, the kids and I never eat buns on our burgers, so he’s just grown used to it!

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