by Alison Swenson, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program]
My 81-year-old grandmother says this is the best burger she has ever had. This recipe originally was supposed to have a sauce on top, but when my mom misread the directions and added everything together, we realized they were more delicious and easier to make. I hope your whole family enjoys!
These burgers are made with turkey instead of beef, which cuts out a lot of fat, particularly saturated fat that can raise your cholesterol. If you’re not a fan of turkey, these are so flavorful from the cheese and mint that you can hardly tell they are turkey. For an extra health bonus, serve the burgers on 100% whole wheat buns. It is an easy way to get extra fiber while having a delicious burger.
Greek Turkey Burgers
Adapted from Chef Katie Reineberg’s recipe at www.infiniteherbs.com.
- 1 lb. ground turkey breast
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup yogurt, plain and low fat
- ½ tbsp. salt
- ½ tbsp. pepper
- 1 tbsp. oregano, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. mint, chopped
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Optional toppings: mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers
- Preheat outdoor grill or a large grill pan to medium heat.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl except the olive oil.
- Divide mixture into 4 and shape into burger patties.
- Drizzle each burger with olive oil.
- Grill turkey burgers 5-6 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in the middle.
- Serve on whole wheat buns, with mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers.
Per burger (without the bun): 233 calories, 13.7g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 24.6 g protein, 3.6 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 1,070 mg sodium