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Bruschetta Burgers

These cheesy bruschetta burgers are made with ground chicken, stuffed with mozzarella cheese and served with marinated garlicky tomatoes on top!
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  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon diced shallot (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into ½ inch chunks, plus more for topping
  • balsamic glaze for drizzling
  • 4 to 6 buns for serving


  • Note: size the burgers according to the size of your buns! You can make large burgers or smaller sliders. Also, you only need as many mozzarella cubes as you have burgers.
  • Combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Let it sit at room temperature while you prepare the burgers.
  • Preheat your grill to high.
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and mix in the fresh basil, dried basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and pepper flakes until combined. Divide the chicken into 6 or 8 equal pieces (or honestly, pieces that match the size of buns you have!). Form the pieces into a patty and press a cube of the mozzarella into the center. Form the patty around the mozzarella so it’s completely covered. Repeat with remaining patties and cheese cubes.
  • Place the burgers on the grill and cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more. You want to make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees F - and make sure you’re taking the temp of the meat and not the cheese in the center! Once the burger is almost done, place a slice of mozzarella on top and let it melt for 1 minute or so.
  • Once the burger is done, place it on the bun and cover it with the tomato bruschetta mixture. Drizzle with balsamic glaze! Serve with the extra tomatoes on the side.
  • P.S. this is slightly messy to eat because the tomatoes do start to fall out of the sides of the sandwich - but it’s so good!

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