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Greek Style Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgerThese are some of the most requested burgers I make.  Greek style turkey burgers are healthy and delicious and most of the ingredients you probably have at home.  I don’t use a bun because I am cutting down on my carbs.  Punkin uses a bun because he isn’t cutting down on his carbs.  Whatev! 

Generally I will make a greek salad to add as a side, however, I incorporate that salad in parts on my own because I go sans bun. 

So, first I make a tzatziki style topping then a medly of fresh veggies.



Tzatziki style topping:

1/2-1 c. plain greek yogurt

1/2 t. greek seasoning

1/2 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. lemon pepper

1/2 t. lemon zest

Mix all the above and refrigerate for a few hours.


Fresh Veggie Topping:

1/4-1/2 red onion, finely chopped

2 chopped tomatoes, remove seeds and pulp

1/4 c. chopped calamata olives

1 chopped cucumber, seeds removed

1/4 c. chopped feta

1 T. Balsamic vinegar

2 T. olive oil

s&p to taste 

Again, like above, mix all the ingredients and refrigerate.


Greek Turkey Burgers:

Mix all together

2 lbs Plainville turkey meat, I use 99% lean

2 c. chopped fresh baby spinach

1/4 c. chopped calamata olives

1/2 chopped red onion

1/4 c. crumbled feta

2 T. chopped fresh dill

zest of a lemon


Mix all the burger ingredients adding the feta last so it stays in chunks.  Line a baking sheet with foil and make 12 patties.  I like to refrigerate the patties for about an hour.  When you are ready to cook, take them out to set for 10-15 minutes.  Then using simple vegetable oil (about 1/4 c.) in a pan, cook the patties.  Make sure your pan is hot so the first side sears, turn them when they don’t stick and turn down heat, put on a lid and cook about 4 minutes.  I preheat my oven for 275 and just keep the patties warm while I finish frying them.

I usually put a good handful of chopped romaine lettuce down on my plate, add the turkey burger, top with the yogurt dressing and then add a big spoonful, if not 2 or 3, of the diced balsamic veggies.  Add extra balsamic and oil over lettuce if desired…I desire it!

This is sooooo good.  Add a glass of red wine and you have a great healthy dinner.  Punkin usually eats his on a good brioche roll with lettuce and tomato and some condiment of choice.  Do sweet potato fries count as a condiment? 

What kind of burgers do you make?


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