Sunday, January 22, 2012

Greek Turkey Burgers

One of the things I love best about these is the way the feta cooks when it’s mixed into the meat.  If there’s a hunk of feta on the outside, it caramelizes and gets that glorious crispy, crunchy grilled cheese texture.  The feta inside the burger appears at first to stay solid, and then it melts in a moment when you bite into it, bursting with oozy salty feta goodness. 

You can serve these on hamburger buns or round crusty rolls.  They are also delicious stuffed into pitas with tzatziki sauce.  We served salad on the side, with tomato and cucumber. 


½ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta
2 tbsp. Italian salad dressing
2 garlic cloves, minced
A pinch of salt
¼ tsp dried oregano
A pinch of pepper (or more, if you like)
1 lb. ground turkey (lean or extra lean)

Combine the first six ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the turkey and mix well with your hands, until the ingredients are incorporated.  Shape into four patties.

Heat a pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.  Cook about seven minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reads 165.  Covering the pan during the cooking time will help them get done through.  


  1. Usually when a recipe is Greek, that means it's covered in black or Kalamata olives, which I personally think are one of the most disgusting foods on the planet.

    Feta, however, I can take. This looks pretty good!

    1. I actually love Kalamata olives ;-) I was actually thinking I might chop up a few and add them to the meat next time. But I love recipes that are easily adaptable and allow you to change according to your personal preferences!