Basil Turkey Burgers with Grilled Vegetables

By Chef Barry Greenberg
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée

About this Dish

The University of Iowa’s Chef Barry Greenberg is enlightening the palates of health-conscious students campus-wide with creative, cost-effective turkey recipes that keep co-eds coming back for more.

“Turkey allows us to answer our customer’s wish to eat healthy and allows our chefs to be creative by taking advantage of turkey’s versatility.” Chef Barry Greenberg

Cooking Style
Ground Turkey
Dish Type


3 lbs Ground Turkey

1/3 c fresh basil, chiffonade

9 oz sweet onion, minced

3 Large eggs

3 oz Parmesan cheese, grated

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 c panko or coarse style bread crumbs

Freshly ground black pepper To Taste

3 Medium eggplants, peeled and sliced thin

3 Medium zucchini, sliced thin on the bias

1/3 c olive oil

3 tbsp fresh basil, chiffonade

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2/3 c prepared heavy-duty mayonnaise

12 oz Muenster cheese, sliced and each slice cut in half

12 Leaves leaf lettuce, washed, dried and chilled

24 Thin Slices red ripe tomato

12 Each Kaiser rolls


Gently and thoroughly combine ground turkey, basil, onion, eggs, Parmesan, vinegar, bread crumbs and black pepper.

Form into 5-ounce patties. Cover and reserve in refrigerator.

Toss sliced eggplants and zucchini in a mixing bowl with oil and pepper.

Combine basil, balsamic vinegar and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Season with pepper. Cover and chill in refrigerator.


Place sliced vegetables on char-grill. Cook on both sides until tender. Reserve.

Grill turkey burgers on char-grill, turning once until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove to an oven-proof dish.


Assemble grilled eggplant and zucchini on top of turkey burgers.

Top each burger with 1 ounce Muenster cheese. Melt in preheated broiler.

Toast Kaiser buns on char-grill. Remove to plates and assemble burgers with lettuce and tomato slices. Serve with basil mayonnaise on the side.

Nutrition Facts

776 Total Calories

41 g Total Fat

12 g Saturated Fat

168 g Cholesterol

1272 mg Sodium

56 g Total Carbohydrates

7 g Dietary Fiber

8 g Sugars

41 g Protein