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Turkey Bolognese Burgers on Toasted Garlic Buns

Turkey Bolognese Burgers on Toasted Garlic Buns
So anyone done with their Christmas shopping? I’m typically one of the people who is still shopping on December 23rd, but I think this year I finally have my act together and will be finished by this weekend. It’s a good feeling to finish a little earlier, I did a bit of my shopping online which made things a lot easier when shopping for the kids since they are usually with me at the stores. Now having the presents wrapped and under the tree early…that might be overachieving for me, we’ll see…I’m working on it.

On to dinner…tonight I made an alternative to the typical turkey burger. Really, this is nothing like a turkey burger. It actually reminded me of a huge meatball on a bun. It was delicious. To keep it moist and flavorful (since ground turkey is known for being pretty bland), I added sauteed vegetables to the meat mixture before making the patties. You get the added bonus of extra veggies, while keeping the meat seasoned perfectly. My husband loved it, and I think you will too.

Turkey Bolognese Burgers on Toasted Garlic Buns

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Turkey Bolognese Burgers


  • 1.25 lean ground turkey (I used Jennie-O)
  • 8oz (1 package) baby portabella mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • about 1 tsp garlic powder
  • about 1 tsp dried oregano
  • about 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (or more if you want a kick!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 TB egg whites (or 1 egg, beaten)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • tomato sauce, (homemade or jarred - I used Newman's Own Tomato Basil for sake of time)
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced
  • French Hamburger Buns or Prudy's Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns


  1. Turn broiler on.
  2. In large hot non-stick skillet, add mushrooms, onions and seasonings to about 2 tsps of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 10 minutes till vegetables are cooked down. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl combine turkey, cooked vegetable mixture, egg whites and Parmesan. Mix gently but thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Form into 5 patties.
  4. Place on broiler rack about 8 inches from heat. Cook for about 20 minutes until browned. Add tomato sauce liberally on each patty. Add mozzarella cheese over sauce and place back under broiler. Cook for about another 5-7 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

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Turkey Bolognese Burgers on Toasted Garlic Buns

Turkey Bolognese Burgers on Toasted Garlic Buns

Serve on Toasted Garlic Buns.

To make Toasted Garlic Buns – Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over both sides of buns. Sprinkle with garlic powder and oregano. Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Keep an eye on them!



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30 comments on “Turkey Bolognese Burgers on Toasted Garlic Buns”

  1. I know what I’d add to make it moist and tasty – bacon! But that’s just me…

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  2. These look sooo good Aggie! This is going right on my life of things to make! Love this!

  3. life should have been list (list of things to make) whoops

  4. Sounds like a nice, healthy alternative to a regular burger.

  5. I usually prefer turkey burgers to their beef counterparts. Yours look juicy and delicious!

  6. Sounds yummy! 🙂

    I must admit, I finished my holiday shopping yesterday! Wahooooo!

  7. This burger looks delicious! I so want one of these!

    I’m almost done with the shopping! Now I just need to get it all wrapped before Christmas Eve! ;o)

  8. Looks delicious!!!

  9. Everything about these burgers sounds delicious! I’m usually done with my Christmas shopping by now, but this year I’m not even 50% complete!

  10. You know, I’m the opposite of you — I’m usually done (or nearly done) with Christmas shopping by now, but this year I am waaaaaay behind (I blame it on blogging cutting into my recreational time!) Your burgers look delicious! Healthy and satisfying!

  11. Looks delish! I’ll probably be experimenting more with ground turkey since this hunting season was rough on Grumpy.

  12. Yum, those look delicious. Almost like a cross between a turkey burger and chicken parm. I will need to make these soon! And good luck with all your wrapping, I haven’t started mine yet either.

  13. Oh my, I need to make these very soon – what a great idea!

  14. Aggie, this looks so wonderful, I can’t wait to try this.

  15. Yum, this is my kind of burger. It looks absolutely mouth watering! I am so happy to have my shopping done early this year. It feels so good!

  16. Omg YUM! I’m way behind on gifts this year but ahead on baking. I think I’ll be combining the two!

  17. Aggie- this burger looks so good to me and the fact that you said it taste like a giant meatball, just about put me over the edge. Super yum! Plus, you served it on my favorite buns! yummy!

  18. You always make the best burgers! I made your Mediterranean Turkey Burgers (I used lamb) last night with the Roasted Red Pepper and Herb Mayonnaise — and they were absolutely delicious. I’ll be blogging about them next week. BTW, I’ve added you to my list of Favorite Foodie Blogs on my sidebar. 🙂

  19. Garlic buns! Yum! I am sure they add a nice flavor!

  20. These burgers are calling my name – they look fantastic Aggie. I may have to put these on the menu for next week.

  21. Aggie – I left you an award on my blog.

  22. Aggie, this looks and reads like a true creation. They look juicy and delicious.

  23. I love those! They look wonderful!

  24. I always love your burger recipes they are so what I would eat! Looks delicious. 🙂

  25. I did A LOT of my shopping online–so much easier.
    This burger looks really good. Amazed at how good for you it is.

  26. Oooh, Aggie, look at how thick your turkey burgers are! I like how you seasoned them up and added the mushrooms. Like your saute pan, too! I’m in awe that you’ll be finished by this weekend! I’ve not started yet, but plan to power it out this weekend!

  27. What a great idea! Those burgers look so tasty!

  28. Hi Aggie, so sorry I missed your posts, been on vacation for about three weeks and look at all the lovely foodies I missed.. how are you?

  29. Ohhhhh.yummy! Love the burgers!
    I am jealous have have all your shopping done!

  30. Yummy, its look delicious.