Monday, June 6, 2011

Greek Turkey Burgers

Summer is finally here! There is nothing better on a warm evening than lighting up the grill and cooking burgers. As much as I love the standard beef version, my favorite is turkey burgers. I season the meat well and add lots of fun flavors. This Greek version includes sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and a creamy yogurt sauce. If my hubby didn’t despise olives I would have chopped up some kalamatas and threw those in, too. Let your imagination run wild! As long as you have a hot grill, outdoor table, and these yummy burgers you’re sure to have a splendid summer night.

Greek Turkey Burgers
Flavorful, lean and colorful- a perfect summer meal!
Makes 4 burgers

1 pound ground turkey meat
1 tsp Cajun or Greek seasoning
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 egg yolk
1 small onion, finely diced
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup plain yogurt
½ tsp paprika
Pinch of salt & pepper
Squeeze of lemon

4 whole wheat buns
½ avocado, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
Red onion, sliced
4 romaine lettuce leaves

To make the burgers combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to combine, but don’t over mix. Shape into four patties and press down the center to make a small indentation. This prevents “bloated burger system” - when the meat puffs during cooking.

Combine the sauce ingredients and keep cool until ready to use.

Grill burgers or cook over medium-high heat on the stove-top until fully cooked. Toast the buns briefly. Slather the yogurt sauce on the bun tops. Place the lettuce on the bottom bun and top with the burger, tomato and avocado. Close the bun, dig in, and enjoy the summer!

Recipe by Sarah Lang

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