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Healthy Grilled Pizza Burgers

Waterbury Publications

Chef notes

Topping turkey burgers with traditional pizza toppings adds loads of flavor without packing on too many calories and carbs. 


  • pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red sweet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices uncured sliced pepperoni
  • 4 thin slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4 sprouted whole grain buns or whole grain buns, split and toasted
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • cup jarred pizza sauce, warmed



In a medium bowl, combine turkey, onion, sweet pepper, oregano, fennel seeds, garlic powder, salt and crushed red pepper. Shape into four 3/4-inch thick patties. Brush tops and bottoms with olive oil.


For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14-18 minutes or until no longer pink and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)


Top each patty with a pepperoni slice and then a cheese slice for the last 1-2 minutes of grilling.


To assemble, place grilled patties on bun bottoms. Top with basil, pizza sauce and bun tops.