RECIPE: Greek Turkey Burger

On Sunday, I tried out a new recipe that I found on SparkRecipes. The burger was super easy to make and totally delicious.

Sometimes, turkey dries out on the grill, but this burger was juicy and flavorful. The feta gave it a slightly salty tang and the mint was subtle, but refreshing.

Instead of putting it on a hamburger bun, I put it in a half a pita pocket with a little bit of tzatziki sauce and some sliced cucumbers. It tasted like a gyro. VERY YUMMY!

I highly recommend this recipe for anyone looking for a healthy and tasty alternative to traditional hamburgers. And do yourself a favor – use decent feta cheese. A lot of the feta in grocery stores, especially the non-brined or crumbled kind, is dried out salt-lick-worthy stuff that is barely recognizable as feta. We prefer Dodoni feta – a good true Greek feta.

Also, the instructions call for cooking the burgers in a skillet, but we grilled them. It’s summer. Why add heat to the house, especially if you live with a grill-aholic, like I do?

Καλή όρεξη!

[pron. Kali Sas Orexi / trans. Bon Appetit!]

Greek Turkey Burger

1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 c bread crumbs, plain
1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled
1 egg white
1 T mint, fresh, chopped
1 t oregano, dried
1/4 t black pepper
Cooking spray

Directions: Mix all ingredients until just combined. Overworking the mixture can result in tough burgers. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium low heat. Divide the meat mixture into 4 round balls. Flatten the burgers with your hand and press your thumb in the center of each burger to keep the meat from rising too high as it cooks. Spray skillet. Cook the burgers about 5-6 minutes per side, flipping only once, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Nutritional Info (amt per serving): Calories: 252.1; Total Fat: 12.4 g; Cholesterol: 90.0 mg; Sodium: 538.2 mg; Total Carbs: 5.2 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g; Protein: 30.2 g

Our Rating*: 5 – Scrumptious /Company Worthy

* Our Rating Scale = 1 (Yuck/Throw it Out Before we Throw it Up) to 5 (Scrumptious /Company-worthy)
– Recipe Source: SparkRecipes  =>Greek Turkey Burger (Chef Meg’s Makeover)
– Image used under Creative Commons from Dan Harrelson.

About Barbara

Married to Greg, the nicest Greek man in the world. No kids - just two hyperactive Maine Coon cats - Griffin and Harper. Independent consultant. News and political junkie. Diehard social progressive. Movie lover. Book reader. Blog writer. Overweight. Underpaid. Open-minded about everything except closed-minded folks. Occasionally witty. Sometimes wise. Always wise-ass.
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2 Responses to RECIPE: Greek Turkey Burger

  1. Nicole says:

    Nick will love this! I’m sending it right over to him.

    • Barbara says:

      Nicole –

      It’s nothing fancy, but it was a great light summer evening entree that didn’t break the calorie or fat banks.

      You can fiddle with more herbs (e.g., use dill vs. mint) if you want, but I followed the recipe and liked the way it turned out.

      I highly recommend putting tzatziki sauce on it. It helps Greek-ify the burger. 😉 Now that Greek yogurt is all the rage, it’s available in most grocery stores. If I’m not in the mood to make it and we want the good stuff, we visit one of our “go to” Greek import stores.



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