The Healthy Maven + {Caprese Turkey Burgers}

What seems like just yesterday that I announced that I landed a book deal is now a distant memory...and all 101 recipes for the book are complete!!! I am finishing up all the typing, recipe introductions, and intro chapters before I send off the final manuscript. While I'm busy doing that, I enlisted a few of my blends (blogger + friend) to do some amazing guests posts and recipes that I know you will love: things like Caprese Turkey Burgers, Healthier Carrot Cake, and Crockpot Apple Butter to name a few! Today's guest is the lovely Davida from The Healthy Maven.  I feel that out of all of the bloggers I know, her recipes and ingredients most align with what I create myself. So of course that means I love her!

Meet Davida:

Hi friends! I am so excited to be guest posting for Kelly today! I’ll be honest, I was a little star struck when I was introduced to Kelly through our mutual friend Lee. As a relatively newbie blogger (I’ve been at it for a year), getting to “meet” some of the bloggers I have been reading over the years is pretty darn cool. Kelly is a household name and to have been asked to contribute to her space is seriously an honor. Thanks Kel :)

Now, for some introductions. My name is Davida and I am a healthy living blogger over at The Healthy Maven. I mainly blog about my kitchen experiments and foodie adventures but I also dabble in the occasional workout and discuss my love for all things Kardashian and distaste for Harry Potter. I also don’t take myself too seriously, as you might be able to tell.

That’s pretty much my attitude on life, do what you can, but don’t get too caught up when you can’t do it all. I eat healthy most of the time because I actually really enjoy brussels sprouts and with my excessive consumption of baked goods, healthy substitutes are necessary. But I don’t always play by a consistent set of rules. In my house I usually have a pantry stocked with quinoa, beans and oatmeal and a fridge full of fruits, veggies and meat, but you won’t be surprised to find me eating a burger and fries when I’m eating out. Sometimes you’ll find me doing just the opposite, albeit with a healthy twist of course!

Perfect segue into today’s recipe, Caprese Turkey Burgers.

These are prefect for when that burger meets Italian food craving hits. Is that normal? Just me? Or when you have 3 hungry boys. No, I don’t have children. I’ve just garnered a reputation amongst my boyfriend’s friends, and I feel it is my duty to make sure they eat a home-cooked meal and prevent scurvy.

These are lightened up using lean ground turkey and my secret burger ingredient: rice cakes. This makes me feel better when I top it with a thick slice of cheese. With a side of brussels and sweet potato fries, this made a perfect weeknight meal that was easy, tasty and by my definition, healthy.

I hope my ramblings didn’t deter you and you’ll stop by my blog The Healthy Maven for more delicious recipes. Thank you to Kelly for having me today and allowing me to be Babycakes' future babysitter whenever I'm in Colorado!

Caprese Turkey Burgers


Caprese Turkey Burgers // guest post from The Healthy Maven


1 pound
lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon
Italian seasoning
plain Rice Cake (crumbled)
Salt & Pepper to taste
whole wheat buns
large tomato (sliced)
large ball of Mozzarella cheese
1 cup
Basil Leaves
1 teaspoon
Balsamic Vinegar


For the turkey patties:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine turkey, Italian seasoning, rice cake, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add in egg and stir until well combined.
  4. Using your hands form meat into 5 patties by rolling into balls and flattening.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat and place patties on top, spread out.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes on center rack.
  7. Remove from oven and flip over. Bake for another 15 minutes.

For the burgers:

  1. Toast burgers if desired.
  2. Slice tomato into five slices.
  3. Slice mozzarella into 5 slices.
  4. Place 1 slice of mozzarella on top of each patty and place back into the oven for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Meanwhile drizzle balsamic onto one side of the bun.
  6. Remove burgers from oven and place onto bun. Top with a slice of tomato and several slices of basil.
  7. Serve warm.

Yields 5 Burgers