Juicy turkey burgers served on toasted french bread with parmesan cheese and topped with fresh tomato basil salad!
It’s a big day everyone! Today is the opening day for our local farmers market and I am so excited! Granted there probably won’t be a whole lot of fresh produce at the market, it’s still a little too early for that here, but the fact that it’s open again means summer is on the way along with all the local produce I love. Some of my favorite items to get at our farmers market are cucumbers, fresh melons, and tomatoes that are sweeter and juicier than anything you’ll ever find in the grocery store.
Basically between October and May I rarely use fresh tomatoes because the ones at the grocery store are so disgusting. If you find a good one it’s about as lucky as having a winning lottery ticket. I really don’t understand how grocery store tomatoes can be so mealy, dry, and flavorless and the ones you get at the farmers market or grow in your garden can be so sweet and juicy. What is happening between the farms and the stores that is making the tomatoes so gross?!
The only kind of tomatoes I will buy in the off season are grape or cherry tomatoes. You at least have a chance of them being juicy and sweet. Grape tomatoes were exactly what I used for the tomato basil salad on top of the turkey burgers. I absolutely love tomato basil salad and could just eat a whole bowl of it with a spoon, no need for bread, just a spoon. To make this bruschetta a more complete meal rather than just a delicious appetizer I decided to add a juicy turkey burger into the mix.
I grilled my burgers, but you could fry them in a pan if it’s more convenient or you don’t have a grill. Funny story, I grilled these turkey burgers outside at about 10 in the morning. I get my best lighting for photographs in the late morning and early afternoon. As if my neighbors don’t already think I’m weird, (I can only imagine what they think when they happen to walk by their windows and see me standing on a table or chair with a camera and tripod hovering over food) now they can add seeing me standing outside at 10 in the morning in my fuzzy slippers grilling burgers to their list. Despite their thoughts about the girl at the grill in her slippers, I can only imagine how hungry I was making them with the smells of burgers and garlic. These open faced burgers are everything a bruschetta lover like myself wants them to be. Toasty, cheesy bread, topped with a juicy burger, then piled high with the tomato basil salad and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Add these burgers to your list of meals to grill this season, I promise you won’t be disappointed!