Greek Turkey Burger

Greek Turkey Burgers-Perfect for burger night at home. Quick to make, packed with spices, & healthy. Top with homemade tzatziki sauce & feta cheese for a delicious Greek inspired burger! Weight Watcher friendly (9 SmartPoints).

 

Greek Turkey Burgers-Perfect for burger night at home. Quick to make, packed with spices, & healthy. Top with homemade tzatziki sauce & feta cheese for a delicious Greek inspired burger! Weight Watcher friendly (9 SmartPoints).

 

Every once in a while all I crave is a big, juicy burger.  Delicious spiced meat topped with sauce and sandwiched between two fluffy pieces of bread.  Sounds kind of awesome right?  I am not a big burger eater, so when I crave a burger I usually go for a veggie burger or turkey burger.  The key to making a healthy meat burger at home is using lean ground meat.  Lean ground meat can lack flavor, so healthy make at home burgers have to be flavored just right.  My Greek Turkey Burger is packed with incredible Greek flavors and perfect for a burger night at home.  These burgers are filled with amazing spices and topped with delicious and creamy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce.  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and one burger is 9 SmartPoints!

 

If I’m going to make a burger at home, I have three rules: it has to be easy, healthy, and full of flavor.  I was brainstorming for a turkey burger recipe and started to think about turkey meatballs.  Then I thought about how good turkey meatballs would be dipped in Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, then I thought WAIT… there it is!  I should make a turkey burger instead of meatballs and top the burger patty with the sauce, duh!  I will sit in front of my computer when brainstorming for recipes and literally go into a tunnel (or a portal as I like to call it) of thoughts that turn into random recipe ideas.  This random idea paid off y’all because this burger is seriously packed with flavor!  The burger patties are juicy and every bite has a bit of Greek spices that goes perfectly with the creamy tzatziki sauce.  It’s hard to believe that these burgers are actually healthy and only 9 SmartPoints!

 

Lean ground turkey can lack flavor so I knew I needed to season the burger well so that it didn’t taste like lean meat.  I had left over Greek seasonings I made from a previous recipe (Healthy Chicken Gyros) so I use these spices.  This spice blend works perfectly with ground turkey and every bite of this burger is flavorful.  The Greek seasoning is a blend of tons of spices that you likely already have in your spice rack (onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, dried dill, dried parsley, dried rosemary, dried thyme, cinnamon, and nutmeg).  This blend is divine and once you make the spice blend, you can use this on anything!  I think this spice blend would be delicious on grilled salmon.

 

This burger recipe is no fuss and quick to make.  Once you have the spice blend ready, just add to the ground turkey and mix well.  Form the turkey into 4 patties and place the patties on a baking sheet.  Pop the baking sheet into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to let the patties set and form.

 

Greek Turkey Burgers-Perfect for burger night at home. Quick to make, packed with spices, & healthy. Top with homemade tzatziki sauce & feta cheese for a delicious Greek inspired burger! Weight Watcher friendly (9 SmartPoints).

   

 

While the burgers are in the oven, you can make the Homemade Tzatziki Sauce.  I LOVE this sauce.  I could drink it or dip literally any food in this sauce and be happy.  This sauce is the perfect topping for the turkey burger.  After I make the sauce, I add it to a food processor and pulse a few times.  The original recipe does not have this step, but since the sauce is going to be more of a spread for the burger, it should be a bit thinner than the original recipe.  After the turkey patties have been in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, it’s time to start grilling!  I prefer to use a cast iron griddle to grill my burgers.  If you don’t have a griddle, you can use a skillet or any flat pan.  The burgers will grill on each side for about 8-10 minutes.  These burgers are so juicy you will be shocked they were made at home!  The burger patties are freezer friendly so you can double up the recipe and freeze any leftover patties.

 

Greek Turkey Burgers are a great option for burger night at home.  Quick to make, packed with amazing spices, and healthy.  I like to serve my burgers on whole wheat sandwich buns, a slice of roma tomato, romaine lettuce, topped with  Homemade Tzatziki Sauce and crumbled feta cheese and with a side of baked fries!

 

Greek Turkey Burgers-Perfect for burger night at home. Quick to make, packed with spices, & healthy. Top with homemade tzatziki sauce & feta cheese for a delicious Greek inspired burger! Weight Watcher friendly (9 SmartPoints).

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

For Greek Turkey Burger, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

  

 

Serves 4, 1 Burger Per Serving

Greek Turkey Burger

9 SMARTPOINTS per serving

1 hrPrep Time

20 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Pound 93% Lean Ground Turkey
  • 4 Whole Wheat Sandwich Buns
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
  • Greek Seasoning Ingredients:
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Dill
  • ¼ Teaspoon Onion Flakes
  • ½ Teaspoon Parsley
  • ¼ Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
  • ¼ Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix all spices for Greek seasoning.
  2. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey and Greek seasoning together until well combined.
  3. Divide into four balls then press gently to form patties.
  4. Place burger patties on baking sheet and into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let set.
  5. Heat olive oil on a griddle or skillet over medium heat.
  6. Grill turkey burger patty on each side for 8 minutes.
  7. Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce according to instructions. Add sauce to a food processor and pulse a few times to make into a thinner consistency.
  8. Serve burger on toasted whole wheat sandwich buns, top with slices of roma tomato, romaine lettuce, a tablespoon of Homemade Tzatziki Sauce and a sprinkle of reduced fat feta cheese.

Notes

Turkey burger patties are freezer friendly! The nutrition and Weight Watcher SmartPoints calculation included 1 whole wheat sandwich bun and 1 tablespoon Homemade Tzatziki Sauce for 1 burger. I did not include feta cheese into the calculations.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Burger with Bun
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 131.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.6g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 25.3g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 31.4g 63%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

19 Comments

  1. I love this idea! Turkey can be so hard to season, but it looks like you've got it covered. And the tzatziki sounds wonderful!
  2. These look amazing! I tried a similar set of seasonings on chicken for Greek skewers and they were incredible. I can't wait to try these burgers!
  3. With as many burgers as I eat for my blog, it's nice to see a bit of a change from beef to turkey. Great job with this recipe, I'm drooooolling!!! Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3
  4. We are a big fans of turkey burgers around here. I recently went from a size 14 to a size 2 by walking 5 miles per day and eating healthy. For this reason I started making turkey burgers and it became an instant favorite!
    • That is so awesome Pamela!! It's all about balance. Healthy burgers can still be delicious, and this one IS! Thanks so much for commenting!
  5. Amazing! When you put the word Greek and burger in the same bucket of food, count me in!
    • You could actually do both! If you freeze the patties before cooking them, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 2 hours. Once they are completely frozen, remove from the oven. You can stack the patties and place in a freezer zip lock bag, just put a piece of parchment paper between the frozen patties. When you are ready to make these, pull them out of the freezer and place on the counter to thaw for 30 minutes-1 hour, then cook according to the recipe instructions. If you want to freeze the patties after cooking them, just make sure the cooked patties have cooled, then stack the patties and place in a freezer zip lock bag putting a piece of parchment paper between the patties. When you are ready to cook, just pull them out of the freezer and place on the counter to thaw for 30 minutes-1 hour and reheat them in a skillet on medium heat. Thanks for commenting!

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