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Mini Tuscan Tacchino Burgers with Herbs and 2 Cheeses

These mini turkey burgers are a great party food, but also filling enough for a meal. The tomato sauce helps make them moist and delicious, and it is a perfect way to take advantage of your herb garden. This recipe makes 12 mini burgers or 5-6 full size burgers.


12 round dinner rolls (whole wheat or sour dough)
small amount of margarine for grilling
1 lb. ground turkey
8 oz. (small can) tomato sauce, divided
1/4 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp. minced fresh garlic
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh onion
3 large chopped fresh oregano leaves
8 sprigs chopped fresh Italian flat parsley
1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
4 slices provolone cheese, each cut into thirds
12 Fresh basil leaves (optional)


Prepare rolls. Slice each roll in half and spread each cut side with margarine. Grill on a hot skillet or griddle until slightly brown. Set aside. Prepare burgers. Gently mix together the turkey, 4 ounces of tomato sauce, bread crumbs, garlic, onion, oregano, and parsley. Fold in the Asiago cheese. Make 12 uniform size patties. Cook burgers. Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle on medium heat. If not using non-stick, a light spritz of olive oil may be necessary. Brown the patties on both sides making sure to cook thoroughly. Before removing from griddle, top each burger with 1/3 slice of provolone cheese and allow to melt. Assemble burgers. Place each burger on a roll bottom. Place a basil leave on top of the provolone, top with a small amount of tomato sauce and the roll top.


Serve on platter with sprigs of fresh herbs. A spinach salad and fresh fruit helps make this a light and healthy meal. The rolls and burgers can each be prepared in advanced and heated and assembled when needed. Do not overwork the ground turkey, it may make the meat tough. Always use fresh herbs if possible it makes a delicious difference.