March 28, 2011

mediterranean turkey burgers with homemade tzatziki

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. It reminds me of barbecues, grilling burgers, corn on the cob and watermelon. You wouldn't be able to tell that from our 30 degree weather here in Delaware, but the fact that it's March 28 means it's Spring for real.

I love these turkey burgers. They are full of delicious Mediterranean flavors like garlic and feta cheese. Top it all off with a super easy tzatziki sauce, which is made with plain Greek yogurt and cucumbers. Fresh, clean flavors.

Start by making the burgers. I used extra lean ground turkey for this because homegirl is going to be a bride soon. Understand?

Shape the meat into equal sized patties and grill them to your liking. Of course we are all dreaming of outside grilling, but the 30 degree weather kept me inside for these. Still delicious, though.

I used a regular, seeded cucumber for the sauce. Just use a small spoon to scrape the seeds out of each half. Then chop it up into tiny pieces.

This sauce is different. It's tangy and thick and fresh. If you've already tasted tzatziki you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't tasted it, you should try it! It's cool, literally. A cold sauce bursting with bright, fresh cucumbers.

I also baked up a batch of oven fries. Just chop up a few potatoes, toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, then bake at 375 for at least 40 minutes, depending on how large your slices are.

Make sure you toast whatever hamburger buns you use. It adds a delicious texture to this burger.

If you're looking for something easy, delicious and different to make for dinner, try these!

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers with Homemade Tzatziki

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1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound extra lean ground turkey breast
1 egg
Cooking Spray
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup finely chopped, peeled and seeded cucumber
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine first 8 ingredients (breadcrumbs through egg) in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands then shape into 4 equal sized patties. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan and cook 6-8 minutes on each side or until done. Place patties on a plate to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Toast hamburger buns in the same skillet for a few minutes until golden brown.

Peel cucumber and cut in half lengthwise. Use a small spoon to scrape the seeds and discard seeds. Chop cucumber into small pieces. Combine with yogurt, salt and pepper. Put a few tablespoons of sauce on the top of each bun, place on top of burger. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light


  1. These look amazing. I love tzatziki sauce (yes, I had to scroll up to check the spelling of that twice.), and of course feta and garlic. Bookmarked!

  2. Yum! A fresh and light dinner. This reminds me of how much I miss grilling season....

  3. wow that looks so good.... i cannot wait for it to get warmer so that i can have barbecues more often, but for now, i can have fake ones at home! :D and also, i had no clue was tzatziki sauce was but now i am enlightened. thank you, homegirl. ellen :)

  4. Mmmm, my whole family loves turkey burgers. I love the addition of the sauce and will have to try that. Cucumber adds a great flavor to everything!

  5. You make me want to go to McDonald's and get an unhealthy burger right now :S

  6. This looks YUMMY! Can't wait to cook these on the grill :)

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