These burgers are exactly what I look for in a dinner recipe: fresh ingredients, filling, quick to prepare, delicious, and just as tasty the next day. I’ve served these on pretzel buns, pitas, and by themselves. I think ciabatta bread could be great as well. These burgers are extremely flavorful and have left a meat and potatoes guy speechless. I mean, you can’t get much better feedback than that!
This recipe comes from Budget Bytes. As you can tell from the blog title, she develops cost-conscious recipes and provides a detailed breakdown by ingredient and serving size. She’s got a great philosophy about eating healthy and deliciously with limited funds. I’ve cooked a lot from her site, but particularly love her baked oatmeals (variations including lemon-raspberry, peach-blueberry, and pumpkin).
Here’s the original link to this recipe: Greek Turkey Burgers. The ingredient list is delicious on it’s own – I don’t adapt it at all! However, I do pan fry the burgers and finish in the oven. This method keeps the burgers extra moist. (Also, I’ve never owned a grill, so this is just how I do it). I’m reposting her recipe here, slightly edited with my cooking notes added in.
Serve with sweet potato fries or a salad. Maybe these? Or just lazily crumble some feta on the fries and dip them in the leftover yogurt sauce like I do.
If you make this recipe, let me know how it turns out!
Greek Turkey Burgers
From Budget Bytes, recipe linked above
Time: 30 minutes hands-on prep, 10 minutes oven cooking time
7 oz. plain Greek yogurt
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp dill
1 clove garlic minced
pinch of salt
1.25 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup (approx) chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4 diced red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh spinach (Budget Bytes uses frozen, however I use fresh since I usually have it on hand)
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup bread crumbs (I have used purchased Italian seasoned breadcrumbs or one slice of wheat bread, broken into crumbs)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp salt
6 pitas or buns
sliced red onion
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
1. Make sauce: Combine sauce ingredients. Cover and place in refrigerator while preparing burgers.
2. Burgers: Combine burger ingredients with wooden spoon or hands. I recommend separately whisking the egg before adding to the burger mixture. Form 5-6 patties from the turkey mixture.
3. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium to medium-high heat. Add a glug of olive oil to cover bottom of the pan. You can cook 2-3 patties at a time, depending on the size of your pan. Brown the patties by cooking 3-4 minutes per side. See picture below for browned burgers. Transfer to a 9*13 pan. Pan fry remaining patties. Place 9*13 pan of burgers in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes to finish.
4. Spread yogurt sauce on chosen bread vehicle. Garnish burgers with desired toppings. I personally enjoy cucumber and tomatoes.