Weekly Recipe #180: Greek Turkey Burgers

by Alison Swenson, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program]

Photo Credit - Andy/Flickr
Photo Credit – Andy/Flickr

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.

(Serves: 4)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat outdoor grill or a large grill pan to medium heat.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl except the olive oil.
  3. Divide mixture into 4 and shape into burger patties.
  4. Drizzle each burger with olive oil.
  5. Grill turkey burgers 5-6 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in the middle.
  6. Serve on whole wheat buns, with mixed greens, sliced tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers.

Nutrition Information:

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

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