These burgers are perfect if you’re trying to drop a few pounds in the New Year, but honestly they’re tasty enough that you’ll enjoy them all your round! They’re loaded with classic Mediterranean flavors of parsley, garlic and feta then topped with creamy homemade tzatziki sauce.
How do I make Mediterranean Turkey Burgers?
You’ll combine ground turkey with herbs, onion, feta and an egg. I find it’s easiest to use my hands to mix everything together. To keep the burgers juicy, be sure not to over mix the ingredients!
Then you’ll divide the meat into 4 patties and sear them in a large pan.
I recommend topping your burgers with a big dollop of my homemade tzatziki sauce along with sliced onion, tomato, lettuce and a bit more crumbled, tangy feta cheese.
Can I use a different kind of meat instead of turkey?
Yes! Ground beef is another great option if your family prefers the flavor of beef. Ground chicken or even ground lamb would be delicious in this recipe as well!
What should I serve with Greek Turkey Burgers?
I’m a real sucker for a side of crispy potatoes with any kind of burger. My Greek Potato Wedges – with their hint of lemon and fresh dill – would be the perfect accompaniment to these burgers.
My crispy oven baked fries are another contender for my favorite burger side. Made with russet potatoes, they are baked in the oven rather than fried. Yielding a delicious, golden brown crust with a tender potato center – and way less calories and fat than their traditional fried friends.
Can I make Greek turkey burgers ahead of time?
Of course! If you’re making them ahead, I’d recommend that you wait to cook them until just before serving. But you could certainly mix everything up and form the patties up to a week in advance.
You could also make the tzatziki sauce ahead of time as well. That will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week as well.
Can I cook turkey burgers on the grill?
Yes! These burgers are one of my favorite grilling recipes during the summer. I’ll admit that we don’t have a grill (I know – crazy, right?!) But we often use my parents or my in-laws when the weather is warm.
Just make sure if you’re grilling to thoroughly oil the grill grate to prevent sticking. Ground turkey is very lean so it’s more likely to stick than ground beef, which naturally has a higher fat content.
Tips for making Greek Turkey Burgers:
- Use fresh garlic. This is really a dip to make any dish the best – don’t buy the jars of minced garlic! Make sure you mince fresh cloves every time. The flavor will be a million times better!
- Don’t use super lean turkey. I like to use 85/15 turkey for this recipe so that it doesn’t dry out too much. Remember, fat is not your enemy. Also fat = flavor.
- Don’t over mix the meat. Be sure to mix the ingredients thoroughly, but DO NOT over mix. If you work the meat too much, you’ end up with a firm burger texture. Handle the meat as little as possible for a more tender burger.
Other Mediterranean favorites you’ll love:
- Greek Potato Wedges with Tzatziki Sauce
- Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese Dip
- Mediterranean One Pot Pasta
- Easy Mediterranean Dip
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Dill Pesto
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These Greek burgers are loaded with classic Mediterranean flavors of parsley, garlic and feta and topped with a delicious, creamy, homemade tzatziki sauce.
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 egg, beaten
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 4 wheat buns
- homemade tzatziki sauce
- lettuce leaves
- sliced red onion
- sliced tomato
- crumbled feta cheese
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- Combine turkey, parsley, onion, feta, oregano, egg, a few large pinches of salt and a large pinch of pepper.
- Divide mixture into 4 equal size burger patties.
- Cook them in the oil for about 4-5 minutes per side until they form a golden brown crust and are cooked through.
- Serve turkey burgers on wheat buns (or wrapped in lettuce for a low carb option) and top with tzatziki, lettuce, red onion, tomato and feta.
Keywords: turkey burgers, feta burgers, Mediterranean burgers, Greek burgers