Turkey Burgers with Fresh Tzatziki Sauce are Greek-style turkey burgers made with a mixture of ground turkey, chopped spinach, garlic, onion, herbs, and cheese. Then they are grilled and topped with a zesty tzatziki sauce to give these burgers their amazing taste!
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 a recipe for easy turkey burgers that get jazzed up with a few ingredients mixed into the ground turkey to make them so flavorful, juicy, and delicious!
Then they are served with a creamy zest-tasting tzatziki sauce which takes them over the top!
What is Tzatziki Sauce?
The 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.
The tzatziki sauce is easily 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 tzatziki sauce a day or two ahead, allowing it to marinate longer while it’s chilled in the fridge.
Tzatziki Sauce is even great to serve on the side as a dip!
Try it with our Oven Steak Fries-Restaurant Style or with our Oven-Baked Parsnip Fries and our Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes.
Delicious tasting, and one that is even healthier for everyone!
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.
What Kind of Turkey is Best to Make Burgers?
Lean ground turkey is best to make the burgers. You can find them in most supermarkets, or you can ask your butcher to ground some turkey for you.
What Else Goes Into Making Turkey Burgers:
Turkey alone has no flavor and it needs a little help. For my recipe, I simply mix ground turkey with crumbled feta cheese, minced garlic, red onion, and fresh herbs. I even added some chopped spinach into the mixture to get some healthy greens in there. Every little bit helps!
Then shape them into individual patties, transfer onto a plate, and cover with clear wrap. Place the prepared turkey burgers in the refrigerator until ready to grill them.
When ready to grill these turkey burgers, place them on your preheated grill and grill until they are fully cooked.
Serve them with slices of crispy lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and a dollop of creamy tzatziki sauce on top.
Your family and friends will LOVE these Turkey Burgers with fresh tzatziki sauce!
The melted feta cheese comes through as a rich cheese flavor, as in a classic cheeseburger, 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.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Place both sides of the hamburger buns on the grill and lightly grill to toast them, about 1 minute. Remove and set them aside.
- Raise HEAT to High on the grill. Place burgers on the hot grill and grill them until they are fully cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
- Or on STOVETOP: 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, a slice of tomato, onion, and crispy lettuce on top. Serve immediately.
- Serves 4 to 5 Greek Turkey Burgers