Thursday, July 7, 2011

Greek Turkey Burgers

It's hard to beat a classic cheeseburger, but I love trying out new and different variations, nonetheless.  I have had this particular recipe saved for about a year now, and I'm so glad I finally got around to trying it.  This is from a Southern Living from last summer, and these fig-glazed burgers with red onion jam were also featured in the spread. 

It is a turkey burger patty that is enhanced by herbs, spices, and most importantly, feta cheese!  Maybe it's my pregnancy, but I can't get enough feta lately.  I could pretty much eat it on anything and be happy.  And I feel the same way about tzatziki sauce as well.  Maybe my lunch tomorrow should be feta + tzatziki, eaten with spoon?  Rather than following the recipe for tzatziki that is listed with the recipe, I used my favorite version from my favorite Greek. :-)

So needless to say, I absolutely loved these burgers.  The salty feta + fresh herbs play wonderfully off of each other, and the bright freshness from the tzatziki is wonderfully light and refreshing next to the burger.  Served on a toasted bun with some fresh cucumber, lettuce, and tomato, I was pretty much in heaven.  I served these burgers with a watermelon, tomato, and feta salad, and it was a truly wonderful summer meal.  And the leftovers made for a killer salad the next day for lunch!

Greek Turkey Burgers
adapted from Southern Living, July 2010
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey breast
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
To serve:
  • tzatziki sauce (recipe follows)
  • thinly sliced cucumber (or use a vegetable peeler to peel ribbons)
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
Prepare grill.

Mix together all the ingredients for the burgers.  Using a light touch, form into 4 patties.

Grease the grates of the grill and grill the burgers 5-7 minutes per side, until cooked through, turning once.  Serve with tzatziki, tomato, lettuce, and cucmber.

barely adapted from Elly Says Opa!
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (nonfat or lowfat is fine)
  • 1/2 hothouse cucumber, seeds removed
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
Shred the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater, and using a few paper towels or a kitchen towel (one that doesn't give off lint), squeeze the cucumber to remove as much water as you can.

Combine all the ingredients through the lemon juice in a medium bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper.  Top with a drizzle of olive oil, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, to allow the flavors to meld.


Jacqueline said...

I love the meals you post! Stuff I would actually make for a healthy, homestyle meal! So excited to try this!

Erin said...

This sounds delicious. I noticed you said in the post that your pregnancy has been making you crave Feta cheese. I don't want to scare you, but I have read that is one of the things that pregnant women are supposed to avoid--soft cheeses. Just wanted to let you know in case you hadn't heard that...not trying to judge if you knew already and decided it was okay.

elly said...

These look great! I make a similar burger with lamb. So good. I can't believe you are eating feta during your pregnancy, OMG!!! (Kidding, of course :)

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful! Great summer recipe :)

Sarah said...

I've been making these for years and switch out between using hummus and tzatziki. I also serve these in pita. YUM!

VTDiamond said...

I made this for dinner along with the watermelon/feta salad and it was delicious. Will definitely be repeating, thank you so much for sharing!

Emily said...

I absolutely adore tzatziki as well, and I'm always looking to put it on more things. These look delicious! Totally making these soon.

Lenore said...

Everyone is posting Greek style burgers lately, and I just can't get enough of them! I think this may be one of my favorites, though, since it uses turkey burgers :) Anything with feta and tzatziki makes me a happy girl!

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Ana said...

These look fantastic! I"m planning on making these for dinner tonight - I don't have fresh oregano, would you sub dried oregano or fresh dill? Thanks:)

Josie said...

Ana, I think dried would be fine. I would use 1 tsp. I also think dill would be a nice addition as well! Hope you enjoy them!

Ana said...

These were fantastic! I ended up using fresh dill - I used less in the burgers and added some to the tzatziki.

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Anonymous said...

it sounds great i will try it!thank you
As for those saying not to eat feta douring your pregnancy beaucase its not pasteurazed milk are WRONG the milk to became feta has to be boiled so its safe.

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