Greek Turkey Burger*

I am so lucky to be married. No, please don’t leave! This isn’t one of those times when a married girl rubs it in your face that she is married and feels bad for single people or any of that crap. Actually it’s the one where I confess how weird I am now. I was pretty young when the cradle robber Jorge and I got married and I hadn’t settled into all the weird things that people start doing as they get older. Today I had one of those moments where I thought, Thank God I am married…because if I was single now I don’t think anyone would be buying the cow…wait milk? Err whatever, either way I am thankful that I didn’t start settling into my own kind of freak until after I became legally entitled to half of the assets married. You see, I found myself in our giant roman tub (LOVE IT) filled to the top with scalding hot water. I like it so hot that my skin is all red and it’s almost like giving yourself a steam session. Anyways so super hot water…and I was eating a popsicle. Now if that wasn’t weird enough, I also was watching Big Love. Yup, that’s right. I was in a scalding hot bath, eating my favorite Caramel Truffle Skinny Cow popsicle, watching a show about polygamists, at 2 in the afternoon. Don’t even try to understand, because even I don’t.

But if that were the only thing I do, it probably wouldn’t be that bad. But…I also tend to babytalk to my animals, eat sour cream straight out of the tub, and have never learned to leave well enough alone. That last one can get me in trouble…a lot. I recently ran across this recipe for burgers that I had bookmarked for quite a while. They seem like perfectly delicious burgers…but my brain couldn’t just leave them like they were. First I figured they needed some oregano mixed in. And then instead of not topping them with anything like Erin suggested…I wanted to top them with tzatziki! Because really, when is something not better with tzatziki? And weather my problem with leaving well enough alone is a good or bad thing…in this case it was an awesome thing. Topping these burgers with a dollop of tzatziki was a perfect combination. And of course to keep them ass friendly we used those new sandwich rounds instead of regular buns! :-)



Greek Turkey Burgers

Recipe Note: If you buy the sundried tomatoes in the jar, make sure and squeeze out the excess oil using a paper towel.


For Greek Turkey Burgers:
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 Cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese
1/4 Cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 Cup fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Tzatziki (recipe to follow) and additional Spinach Leaves for topping!

For Tzatziki:

6 oz fat free Greek Yogurt
juice of 1/2 of a medium lemon
1 med cucumber, peeled
3 large cloves garlic, minced
Garlic Salt, to taste
Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


For Greek Turkey Burgers:
Place turkey, feta, sun dried tomato, spinach and seasonings into a mixing bowl. Mix until just combined.

Form patties and place onto a cookie sheet. Once all are formed, cook however you like to cook burgers.

Grill (indoor or out), cook in hot skillet, or broil under broiler. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until an internal thermometer has reached 165 degrees. Garnish with Tzatziki and additional spinach leaves.

For Tzatziki:

Slice cucumber in half, length wise. Using a spoon, scrape out seeds. Finely shred cucumber and place in paper towels and squeeze out extra moisture.

Then combine Greek yogurt, lemon juice, shredded cucumber, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper. Refrigerate in an air tight container for 1 hour before serving.

For 1 burger topped with 1/4th of Tzatziki: Calories: 210 Fat: 3.6 Carb: 8.7 Fiber: .3 Protein: 33
5 Points on WW Point Plus System

Burger adapted from: Erin's Food Files originally from Picky Palate
Tzatziki a Novice Chef Blog Original

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35 Responses to “Greek Turkey Burger”

  1. 1

    ErinsFoodFiles — February 4, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    YUM! I love your adaption!

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    Three-Cookies — February 4, 2011 @ 4:54 am

    Nice flavour combination and spinach as a burger topping is new to me. The burger looks great, its patiently waiting to be devoured:)

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    robyn — February 4, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Looks yum! I think most women love scalding hot baths, at least I know I do. And you, obviously. :)

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    CaSaundra — February 4, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Greek food is always so flavorful–and I am always up for using turkey in burgers vs ground beef. Have a great weekend!

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    jenna laughs — February 4, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    You are hysterical. I also love turkey burgers! I bet these are fantastic – I love yogurt sauce.

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 4, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Wow this burger looks so health and fresh! I love the Greek spin you put on it too. Yum!!!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 4, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    this looks amazing!!! i can’t wait to try it! i might put red peppers in mine instead of the sun dried tomatoes…yum! and serve it in a pita! yummmmmm…. ok that’s all :)

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — February 4, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Mmm this burger looks so flavorful and delicious! I’m not a fan of beef burgers, but yours look great!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 4, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Yum! Your photographs are so bright and clear, it’s causing me to want to just to a bite of that juicy looking burger!

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    Sharlene — February 4, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Haha this post made me think about all the weird things I do! I love your changes to the burger. It sounds fantastic!

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — February 4, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Yum! It’s not even lunchtime and here I am craving this burger!!

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    ashley — February 4, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    looks fantastic!!

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    Katherine DiBello — February 4, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Wow, really great idea for my ground turkey breast! Can’t wait to whip some of these burgers up :)

  14. 14

    Eliana — February 4, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    I just finished lunch and now I’m craving this burger (even though my belly is very full). Love it.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 4, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    Mmm, this is one mouthwatering meal! Looks delish, Jessica. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — February 4, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    These look so delicious for a light meal. I think the same thing about “if I were single”… I’ve been with my now husband since I was 19 and can’t imagine what regular guys would think of half of my habits.

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    Becky — February 4, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Yum!! This looks divine – and is it 5 WW points for the entire thing? If so, that’s awesome : )

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    Joanne — February 4, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    God, I don’t think I’m ever going to find anyone who’ll put up with my crazy habits. I’m going to have to suppress them…marry someone…and then bring them out one by one. Yes. that is the plan. And to lure them in, I”ll make these burgers. they sound delicious.

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    The Teacher Cooks — February 5, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Sounds like you had a great afternoon! I love the burger.

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    Kelly — February 11, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    I have a habit of taking deep, hot baths with a giant glass of wine. And sometimes chocolate. And sometimes an entire pint of chocolate ice cream. (depending on how bad the day was) So you go girl! I want a TV in my bathroom, I’m so jealous of you!

    P.S. I also can’t leave well enough alone. Ever.

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    Aggie — February 15, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Tzaziki might be one of my all time favorite condiments. I can eat it on everything. I have yet to make it on my own at home! Why!? Your burger looks great, I love jazzing up turkey burgers!

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    Cassie — February 18, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I made a variation of these last night and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Katie — February 20, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight. They were fantastic! =)

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