These light and juicy turkey burgers are going Greek, with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, feta cheese, and a creamy homemade tzatziki sauce, for a healthy lunch or dinner.
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Greek Turkey Burgers
I’m all about making easy swaps in the kitchen to prepare dinners that are a bit more healthful, but still cure your cravings.
I mean, my mom’s famous potato salad is still my #1 side dish with burgers, but an amazing Mediterranean orzo salad or healthy quinoa salad swapped into the mix is a great idea too. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
When the burger cravings strike during my mindful-eating-mode, and I’m somehow able to harness the willpower not to make my favorite garlic burgers, I turn to this burger recipe instead.
What’s in These Greek Turkey Burgers?
This healthy turkey burger recipe marries two of my favorite things: Burgers and Greek-inspired flavors. Whether it’s pasta, salads or even slow-cooker breakfasts, I just can’t seem to get enough of Mediterranean flavors.
Natural ground turkey is the base of this recipe. I like Kroger’s Simple Truth brand because while low-fat, it isn’t fat free so it still has flavor and is always fresh in the meat case. The Simple Truth line from Kroger are an array of products you’ll find throughout the store that are either organic or natural, and are free from 101 artificial ingredients and preservatives. That alone makes them very easy to fit into nearly every meal I make.
To make the spinach feta turkey burgers and the homemade tzatziki sauce, you’ll need:
- Ground turkey
- Fresh spinach
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Red onion
- Feta cheese
- Dried oregano
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh dill
- Red wine vinegar
- Favorite burger fixings (buns, lettuce, tomato, etc.)
How to Make Turkey Burgers
Add veggies for flavor. The med-inspired flavors are pretty classic. Fresh chopped spinach I buy already washed and stemmed (such a time-saver), sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, and feta cheese are all added to the mix.
Turkey is lean so add fat. Since there is so little fat in this meat, I add an egg yolk and some olive oil to the turkey mix as binders so they don’t fall apart when grilling.
Whisk egg binder separately. While many meatballs, meatloafs and any other meat-ish dish that call for eggs as a binder are simply cracked right into the mix, I prefer to whisk my egg separately in a bowl with the oregano, garlic (I prefer it pressed rather than minced) with the salt and pepper. Then, I add it to the burger mix to make a more homogenous blend by forgoing a fork and simply digging my hands straight into the mix.
How to Form Turkey Burgers
Gently form the burgers. Simply combine the turkey burger ingredients with your hands, then mold into patties and chill for 30 minutes.
Refrigerate burgers before grilling. I refrigerate my burgers for at least an hour after shaping them to firm up and hold up when cooking. You could also prepare these and let them rest in the fridge before cooking/grilling for up to 2 days.
How to Make 5-Ingredient Tzatziki Sauce
The next level of Greek flavor comes from a garlicky tzatziki sauce, making it a great sub for mayo, ketchup, or mustard. I prefer to make my sauce and then refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes so the flavors meld.
While the patties chill, whisk together the homemade tzatziki sauce.
How to avoid a watery sauce. And to avoid a slippery tzatziki sauce, don’t forget to squeeze the water from the grated cucumber before mixing.
How Long to Cook Turkey Burgers
Grill the Greek turkey burgers over medium heat until cooked through, then assemble your burgers and dive right in.
Grill these burgers inside or outside. These burgers can be cooked inside on a non-stick grill pan or outside on a traditional grill. Be sure to oil your grates well if you’re cooking outside so the Greek burger doesn’t stick due to that low-fat thing again.
How long to cook turkey burgers. These spinach feta turkey burgers will need to cook for roughly 5 minutes per side. Use a meat thermometer to make sure your burgers are completely done. They should be cooked to 165 degrees to make sure they’re done, but not overdone and dry.
Can I Freeze Turkey Burgers?
Yes, you can freeze the raw turkey burgers after you’ve formed the patties. Frozen turkey burgers will last up to 3 months.
Can I Use Ground Chicken Instead?
Yes, ground chicken would work well!
Can I Make These Gluten-Free?
If you’re diligently watching the carbs or looking for gluten-free options, these are just as delicious served protein-style and wrapped in a lettuce leaf as a bun.
What to Serve With Greek Turkey Burgers
- How to Make the BEST Potato Salad
- Greek Salad with Avocado
- How to Make Classic Macaroni Salad
- BLT Pasta Salad with Avocado
- Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons
- Dill Cucumber Salad
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Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
For the Turkey Burgers:
- 1 pound ground turkey
- ½ cup fresh spinach leaves , chopped
- ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion , minced
- ¼ cup feta cheese , crumbled
- 2 cloves garlic , pressed or minced
- 1 egg , whisked
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 soft whole-wheat hamburger buns
- Bibb lettuce leaves
- Sliced red onion
For the Tzatziki Sauce:
- ½ cucumber , halved with skin and seeds removed
- 3/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic , pressed or minced
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill , minced
- Pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion and feta. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, egg, olive oil and dried oregano and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper then pour over the turkey and mix with your hands to combine.
Divide the burger mixture into 4 portions and mold into patties. Place on a cutting board or plate dividing the patties with parchment paper and refrigerated for 30 minutes up to overnight. You could also individually freeze the patties at this point for up to 3 months.
- Prepare the tzatziki sauce by grating the cucumber. Gather the cucumber together and place in a paper towel and press the water out of the shredded cucumber and place in a medium size bowl. Add the yogurt, garlic, red wine vinegar, fresh dill, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
- Heat a non-stick grill pan over medium heat and spray well with cooking spray.
- Place the turkey burgers on the grill, cover with an upside down sheet pan or lid and cook for about 5 minutes per side. Be sure to watch the burgers and monitor your heat as the burgers will brown quickly if the heat is too high.
- Slather buns with tzatziki sauce and garnish with lettuce leaves and red onion. Or serve bunless in the bibb lettuce leaves.
More Irresistible Burger Recipes To Try
- California-Style Bison Burger
- Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Avocado Chimichurri
- Bacon Cheddar Chicken Burgers
- Daddy’s Oven Baked Hamburgers
- Bacon Double Cheddar Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions
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