Even though it's officially been Spring for the last two weeks it didn't feel like it here in New Jersey until the other day. Finally the flowers are starting to come out of the ground and the leaves are beginning to come back. I am certainly ready to welcome the warmer weather and I think after the winter we've had most people would agree with me!!
This recipes makes 4 large or 6 slider sized burgers. These burgers are full of flavor, the feta cheese and tzatiki sauce keeps them nice and moist and the cucumber topping gives it a fresh crunch. They also pair nicely with some homemade roasted sweet potato fries. Hopefully these Greek turkey burgers will give you the perfect reason to get outside and fire up the grill for the first time this season!! If you aren't quite ready to head outdoors to use your gas or charcoal grill a counter top sandwich press or stove top grill pan works just as well.
Ingredients for Burgers:
1.25lb Ground Turkey
3 oz Frozen Chopped Spinach - thawed & squeezed
8-10 Sun-dried Tomatoes - Diced
1 1/2 Tsp Garlic - Minced
1/3 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
1 Tsp Oregano
1/4 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp Coriander
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Pepper
Ingredients for Tzatziki:
5oz Container Plain Low Fat Greek Yogurt
1/2 Fresh Lemon - Squeezed
1/2 Tsp Garlic - Minced
3 Tbsp Cucumber - Peeled, Seeded and Minced
1/2 Tsp Oregano
More Feta Cheese
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
Burger or Slider Rolls
Adapted from: http://www.budgetbytes.com/
Preheat and grease your grill. Thaw some of the frozen chopped spinach and squeeze out as much liquid out of it as you can. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey meat, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, egg, feta cheese and spices.
Using your hands mix all of the ingredients together until you feel that all of the spices are mixed in and the cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes are spread out evenly. You can score the meat and try to divide it in equal parts as best you can. I got 4 large burgers ready to grill but I realized that I had purchased slider sized rolls so after taking all of these pictures I reformed my patties to make smaller ones.
When you are forming the patties make sure that they are thinner in the middle and a little bit thicker towards the outside. This will help the burger cook evenly and keep your patties flat. Grill your burgers for about 10 minutes, flipping once. Since it is turkey you don't want any raw meat in the center.
While your burgers are grilling it's time to make your tzatiki sauce. In a small bowl combine the Greek yogurt with the garlic, lemon juice, oregano, cucumber, salt and pepper. When the burgers are ready to serve put them on the rolls. top them with the sauce, some extra cheese and a few slices of cucumber. The cucumber will bring some freshness and crunch to the creaminess of the other toppings.