Sun-dried Tomato Basil Turkey Two Ways: Loaf and Burgers!

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Turkey

This post is a two-fer! Two recipes for the price of the one click it took for you to get here. And the reason it is a two-fer is because I first made the turkey burgers, then I went to make them again and didn’t have buns. …Be flexible. Always be flexible.

So, I wanted a turkey burger recipe that yielded tender, juicy burgers. Turkey burger recipes rarely yield tender, juicy burgers. But the key that worked here was that I stole a trick from my meatloaf recipe – I added milk and bread. Adjusting this recipe the second time to make a Turkey Loaf was the obvious next step really, even without my excuse that I didn’t feel like running to the store for buns.

So if you are looking for a healthy, easy weeknight meatloaf or for something healthier to throw on the grill this weekend, be sure to PIN, bookmark, post-it note – whatever your method of choice – to remember this recipe!

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Turkey Two Ways: Loaf and Burgers!
Ingredients for Turkey Loaf
  1. 1 lb lean ground turkey breast meat
  2. 1 t kosher salt
  3. 1 t dried oregano
  4. 2 T chopped fresh basil leaves
  5. 1/4 c chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  6. 1/4 c freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  7. 1/2 c fresh bread crumbs, made from day-old bread
  8. 2 T milk
  9. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  10. 1/4 t fresh cracked pepper
  11. 2-3 slices mozzarella cheese
Additional Ingredients for Turkey Burgers
  1. extra virgin olive oil
  2. burger buns
  3. burger fix-ins (lettuce or spinach, sliced tomato, ketchup, etc)
  1. Option#1: Turkey Loaf Directions
  2. Heat oven to 350F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for Turkey Loaf except the cheese slices. Combine lightly using your fingers - if you mix too much, turkey gets dense. Transfer the loaf mixture to a loaf pan lined with foil for easy removal after cooking. Bake at 350F for 55 minutes to an hour or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Remove from the pan to a serving dish. Top with the mozzarella cheese slices and allow to melt. Slice and serve. Yield: 4 servings.
  4. Option#2: Turkey Burgers Directions
  5. Heat up grill on medium-high heat.
  6. In a large bowl, lightly combine all of the ingredients for Turkey Loaf omitting the egg and leaving the mozzarella cheese out until later. Form into 4 burger patties. Oil lightly with olive oil and grill, ~5 minutes per side, until cooked through (i.e. 165F internal temperature). Serve on burger buns with mozzarella cheese and burger fix-ins of your choice. Yield: 4 burgers.
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Sun-dried Tomato Basil Turkey

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  • LydiaF

    They both look fab, but I’m leaning towards the burger!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol thanks Lydia – The burger was pretty great 🙂

  • Sandra – The Foodie Affair

    These look delicious, Erica! I’m for the loaf!

  • christine

    Thanks for sharing this at The Wednesday Roundup, I’ve just pinned it to our party board

  • Libby with Lemony Thyme

    First, your photos and styling are gorgeous. Completely drew me in. We love turkey burgers and your recipe sounds like an awesome way to change it up. Meatloaf is something I dream of….so I can’t choose a favorite. Both are in our future.

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      Aww thanks so much Libby!

  • Adelina Priddis

    Oh that loaf looks and sounds so amazing! I am in love with sun dried tomatoes. Thank you for sharing this on Foodie Friday

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      Thank you Adelina!

  • Catherine

    Dear Erica, Both look fantastic. I can tell how juicy it is just by the picture. Perfect! Blessings, Catherine

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Catherine!

  • Diane Balch

    This looks wonderful and I love the cheese topping. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday. Pinned.

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Diane!

  • Mel {MamaBuzz}

    This looks delicious and beautiful! The recipe sounds so flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Mel!