{Italian} Turkey Burgers

Oh hey! Remember me? The one that had a grand blog relaunch and disappeared a few weeks later? Yeah. That.
Well, it turns out that committing to blogging when it's gorgeous outside is hard work.
It's also tough to blog when you're in the middle of a gigantic patio project that took SO much more work than you had imagined.
Anywho, I'm back today.

We have been grilling non-stop lately. I was feeling kind of sick of regular ol' cheeseburgers, so I decided to mix it up a bit. The burger mix is delicious by itself, but the toppings kick it up a notch.

makes 6 burgers

1 pound hot Italian Turkey Sausage
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup grated parmesean cheese (or breadcrumbs)
1 egg
1 pint cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp salt + pepper

Top It Off
Fresh mozzarella cheese
Your favorite burger buns (I used onion buns)

Preheat grill to medium-high.
In a large bowl, mix together sausage, turkey, garlic, tomato paste, grated cheese, spices and egg (it helps it stick together). Form burger patties to desired size.
Slice mushrooms and put in an aluminum foil packet with about 1 tsp olive oil and black pepper.
Grill burgers and mushrooms until cooked through. Remove.
Place a bun face-down on the grill. Cook for just a minute until lightly toasted.
Melt a slice of fresh mozzarella over each patty.
Top with sliced mushrooms, a slice of tomato, and a basil leaf.

If you're in a grilling rut, try this out. It's a perfect summer burger, with a twist!


Happy Tuesday!
The first day back to work after a long holiday weekend is the worst, right?
Of course, none of our wonderful memories we made on Memorial Day would be possible without the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for each and every one of us. 
So, thank you so very much to our heroes!

This weekend was a big bunch of all things that make this time of year the best time of year.

I finished Emily Giffin's new book "The One and Only." I am such a huge fan of hers. She's one of my absolute favorite authors. However, I really did not care for this book. Thank goodness Kelly B. read it with me. That made it better. I feel like you can't review the book without giving too much away, though. If you're a fan, definitely check it out. She's a fantastic writer, but this just wasn't her best. 

On Sunday, we celebrated my BIL's birthday with all things Minnesota: beer, brats, and bocce ball.

We also made an impromptu visit (with Kelly, Syndal and husbands) to Lo's beautiful new house. She and her husband Jesse are one of the sweetest couples ever. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this whole blogging thing brought so many amazing friendships into my life. {Awwww}

p.s. Lo made the most DELICIOUS guac ever. And I consider myself the unofficial consumer of all things avocado. Yum. 

Our patio is going in soon...yay! That means there was also a bunch of yard work happening at our place. Dexter had the right idea, though. His sweet face made me want to lay in the sun with him, but there was none of that happening when 35 bags of mulch and 20 or so plants needed to be tended to.