Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup pitted, chopped kalamata or black olives
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs, optional
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices provolone or Colby cheese, optional
4 hearty whole wheat burger buns, split, toasted
Quick pickles, see recipe below
1. Put turkey, olives, breadcrumbs, parsley, sage, salt, thyme and pepper into a large bowl. Gently mix together with your hands. Shape into 4 burgers, each about 1/2-inch thick. Refrigerate up to an hour or so.
2. Heat gas grill to medium or prepare a charcoal grill until coals are covered in gray ash.
3. Grill burgers directly over the heat, 6 minutes. Gently flip; grill until juices run clear and center of burgers is nearly firm to the touch, about 5 minutes. Top with a slice of cheese if using; grill, covered, 1 minute.
4. Serve on toasted buns spread with mayonnaise and topped with a pile of the quick pickles.