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Turkey Meatball Burger Melts

These Turkey Meatball Burger Melts are basically a tender, moist, and FLAVORFUL meatball transformed into a burger. The “meatball” patty is smothered with sweet marinara, covered in gooey fresh mozzarella and baked, for the perfect hand-held classic Italian dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword turkey burger, cheese burger, meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 603 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, 1/4 grated and 1/4 finely minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 medium hamburger buns, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Quick Marinara

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Add ground turkey through egg to a medium bowl. Using hands to gently mix the mixture just until combined. Form into four equal patties. 

  3. Heat a small sauce pan to a medium-low heat. Add 2 tsp olive oil. Add garlic, cook 30 seconds. Add tomato paste. Cook 1 minute. Whisk in water, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5-6 minutes while the burgers continue to cook. 

  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet or griddle to a medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add 2 teaspoons olive oil. Spread evenly on pan or griddle. Sear burgers until golden brown and crusty on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. 

  5. Once burgers have seared, spoon a little bit of sauce on each patty. Cover with a slice or two of mozzarella. Transfer to the oven and bake until cheese is melted. Slide patties on to bun, sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Meatball Burger Melts
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 603 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 1682mg73%
Potassium 641mg18%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 483mg48%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.