Greek-Style Turkey Burgers with Lemon-Mint Tzatziki

Oh. My. Goodness. These were so delicious. I will absolutely be making these again and probably soon. They were so easy, very healthy, and most importantly–delicious. I encourage you to try them soon. They’re great for this time of year. They’re hearty but still light and fresh tasting. Opa!!
Greek-Style Turkey Burgers
adapted from Gourmet Magazine


For the tzatzkik:
3/4 c. plain Greek-style nonfat yogurt
1/2 large English cucumber, seeded 
1 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. lemon zest
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 TBSP finely chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste

For the burgers:
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey1/2 c. crumbled feta cheese1/2 c. finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives (12 to 15)2 cloves garlic1/4 c. bread crumbs (may not need)whole wheat hamburger buns2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced1/2 red onion, slicedDirections:

1. To make the tzatziki, coarsely grate the cucumber. Drain it in a strainer for one or two minutes, pressing out the liquid.  In a medium bowl stir together yogurt, cucumber, oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, and mint. Season with salt and pepper.  Make at least an hour ahead; sauce will keep in an airtight container for three days.
2. For the burgers, prepare grill or grill pan over medium to medium-high heat. 3. Handling turkey as gently as possible, combine in a bowl with feta, olives, and bread crumbs, if necessary.  Form into six 1-inch-thick patties. 4. Season burgers lightly with salt and pepper to taste and grill on an oiled rack or pan. Cook nine minutes on each side for medium well doneness.

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  1. Melissa
    August 28, 2008 / 11:31 am

    I’ve just recently been making turkey burgers, I love Greek food, definately on my must try list.

  2. Anonymous
    August 28, 2008 / 2:16 pm

    YUM! I love ALL these flavors!

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