Jul 18, 2013

Open-Faced Turkey Burger Melts with Swiss CheeseRecipe by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

5 Reviews

Serves: 4 // Prep time: 15 minutes | Grilling time: 8 to 10 minutes

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Fresh Produce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 oz mixed baby greens
  • 1 tomatoes

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 1.5 lb ground turkey (93% lean)

Oil and Spices

  • .5 tsp dried sage (optional)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • .25 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • .75 tsp kosher salt


  • 1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • .25 cups Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise


  • 4 oz Swiss cheese


  • 2 ciabatta rolls
  • 2 tsp tomato paste



  • 1½ pounds ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 ciabatta rolls, each about 4 inches square
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups baby greens or watercress
  • 1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices
  • Kosher salt


  1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

  2. Gently combine the patty ingredients. With wet hands, form four square patties of equal size, each about ½ inch thick. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients.

  4. Cut each roll in half and brush the cut sides with oil.

  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the patties over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. After you turn the burgers, add two slices of cheese to each patty. During the last minute of grilling time, toast the rolls, cut side down, over direct heat.

  6. Build the burgers on toasted ciabatta with sauce, baby greens, a patty, and two tomato slices. Season with salt. Serve warm.

5 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Jul 20, 2013

Rita C

Open face turkey burger melts with swiss cheese

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks very good. I wish you would include nutritional information with your recipes.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jul 22, 2013

Patrick C

Excellent !

Un délice ! For the sauce, add sirop d'érable..miam.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jul 28, 2013

Matt P

Pretty good if you are looing for something differant.

I just tried this recipe last night for my girlfriend and I and another couple. Overall, it was received really well. It did not wow me enough to rate five stars, but I would give it a solid four... I will most likely make these again some day. A couple of notes on the recipe. Make sure you set the heat on the grill a little lower than you would for beef burgers, otherwise you will end up with turkey lumps instead of nice patties. Too much heat makes these things ball up. It also seemed to take a little longer to cook than the suggested 10 minutes. I didn't use a meat thermometer but wished that I had, there is a fine line between undercooked and overcooked (dry), and its harder to tell with the turkey. I think it will take some practice to get these perfect. We also served these with some fresh guacamole, it was excellent. The ciabatta rolls are great with anything, and we were excited to have a reason to buy some. In summary, if you are sick of grilling the same old same old, and want to branch out but still keep things basic, I would recommend giving these a try.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

May 17, 2014

Trisha F

Best turkey burgers ever!

The recipe is easy and delicious. My kids and husband all love these burgers and request them all the time. Sometimes I swap out the sauce for a chile lime sauce to give it some kick. Be sure to put a thumbprint in the middle before you grill the patties so they don't turn in to large rounded meatballs. Happy grilling!

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jun 4, 2015

Rae Ann S

Great Turkey Burger

I made these burgers last week and loved them. I would not make any changes to the recipe. Making them again tonight.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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