Turkey Burgers with Fresh Tzatziki Sauce. These are Greek-Style turkey burgers made with a mixture of ground turkey, crumbled feta cheese, chopped spinach, garlic, red onion and herbs, then grilled and topped with a zesty tzatziki sauce made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, dill, lemon and garlic. These burgers get smoky from the grill and a zing from the sauce!
It’s Memorial Day weekend and it’s our favorite weekend, the kickoff start of the summer season with barbecues, hot dogs, burgers, baked beans and salads! If you are planning to make burgers this weekend, you are in for a treat! Here is an easy turkey burger jazzed up with a few ingredients mixed into the ground turkey to make them so flavorful, juicy and delicious and then topped with a creamy zest-tasting tzatziki sauce which takes it over the top! YUM!
Tzatziki sauce is a cool, cucumber creamy yogurt sauce that is usually served as a condiment on many Greek meat dishes such as gyro sandwiches and souvlaki. It’s so incredibly good – once you try this yogurt sauce, you’ll want to make it all the time. Nowadays, you’ll find tzatziki sauce is widely used in the cuisines of many other countries other than Greece.
Tzatziki sauce is simply made with freshly grated cucumbers, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, fresh dill and Greek yogurt. The longer this yogurt sauce sits and marinates the better it gets! You can make the tzatziki sauce a day or two ahead, allowing it to marinate longer while it’s chilled in the fridge.
You’ll love the taste even more as a dip!
The first time I ever had a gyro (in my life) was at our friends’ backyard party where they hired a food truck (food trucks are growing popular here in Charleston) to sit outside their home and serve fresh made gyros to all their guests. Pretty cool, huh? I thought so too. That day, the gentleman made me a grilled lamb gyro topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. And, boy- after the first bite, I was hooked!
Ever since that experience, I’ve been wanting to make tzatziki sauce and try it on my burgers.
Lean ground turkey is best to make the burgers. Simply mix ground turkey with crumbled feta cheese, minced garlic, red onion and fresh herbs. I even added in some chopped spinach to get some healthy greens in there. Every little bit helps!
Then place the prepared turkey burgers in the refrigerator until ready to grill them. Grill burgers on the grill until they are fully cooked and serve them with crispy lettuce, tomato, onion, and a dollop of creamy tzatziki sauce on top.
The melted feta cheese comes through as a rich cheese flavor, as in a classic cheese burger and compliments the turkey burger very nicely. We were very pleased with the outcome as the tzatziki sauce takes this burger over the top with its fresh zesty flavors! You’ll have to try this recipe!
If in case you don’t like Feta cheese, try substituting an equal amount of shredded sharp white cheddar instead.
Turkey Burgers with Fresh Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 garlic cloves- minced
- 3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/4 cup red onion – finely chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- package of whole-grain hamburger buns, or rolls
- 4 slices of tomato
- crispy lettuce
- 4 slices of sweet onion
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ( low fat, or non-fat)
- 1/3 cup fresh cucumber -finely chopped or grated
- 1/2 Tbsp. fresh chopped dill
- 1 garlic clove- minced
- 1/2 of a lemon- juiced
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- optional: 1 tsp. fresh mint – finely chopped
1. Prepare the tzatziki sauce first. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, dill,
garlic, lemon juice, salt and some fresh cracked pepper. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
2. In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, feta cheese, garlic, chopped spinach, oregano, parsley, red onion, salt and pepper, and mix well. Shape into 4 or 5 patties.
3. Place both sides of the hamburger buns on the grill and lightly grill to toast them, about 1 minute. Remove and set them aside.
4. Preheat the grill for 2 minutes. Place burgers on the hot grill and grill them until they are fully cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Add burgers and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Or heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the burgers, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat and serve on toasted hamburger buns or rolls. Top with a spoonful of tzatziki sauce, slice of tomato, onion and crispy lettuce on top. Serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 5 Greek Turkey Burgers
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Happy Memorial Day to everyone who are celebrating this weekend. We hope its’s filled with family and friends and delicious food! And our heartfelt condolences to Manchester and the people of Egypt.