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. This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and one burger is 4 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! 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.
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.
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.
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, and romaine lettuce.
Top with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce and crumbled feta cheese and with a side of my Baked Feta Greek Fries!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
Greek Turkey Burger
- 1 Pound 93% Lean Ground Turkey
- 4 Whole Wheat Sandwich Buns
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 4 Tablespoons Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, (Recipe link in notes section)
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
- In a small bowl, mix all spices for Greek seasoning.
- In a large bowl, mix ground turkey and Greek seasoning together until well combined.
- Divide into four balls then press gently to form patties.
- Place burger patties on baking sheet and into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let set.
- Heat olive oil on a griddle or skillet over medium heat.
- Grill turkey burger patty on each side for 8 minutes.
- Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce according to instructions. Add sauce to a food processor and pulse a few times to make into a thinner consistency.
- 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.
The nutrition and Weight Watcher SmartPoints calculation includes 1 whole wheat sandwich bun and 1 tablespoon Homemade Tzatziki Sauce for 1 burger. Feta cheese not included into the nutrition calculation or Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Nutrition is based on the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program guidelines. Nutrition calculated using Weight Watchers calculator. NUTRITION: Serves 4- (4 SmartPoints Per Serving) CALORIES: 150 FAT: 4.9 SATURATED FAT: 0.5 CARBS: 23 FIBER: 3 SUGARS: 3 PROTEIN: 6
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Kimberly @ Berly's KitchenNovember 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm 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!
HeatherNovember 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm 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!
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 10:05 am Ohhh, Greek skewers sound good!!! I hope you try this recipe soon. Thanks so much for commenting Heather!
DanielleNovember 8, 2016 at 6:25 pm 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
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 10:04 am Turkey burgers are a nice change from beef for sure! Thanks so much for commenting Danielle!
Pamela ArsenaNovember 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm 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!
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 10:03 am 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!
Silvia @ Garden in the KitchenNovember 8, 2016 at 6:48 pm What a delicious recipe to try! A nice alternative to to meat burgers, love it how it is packed with flavor. Thanks for sharing!
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 10:02 am I hope you try it soon.... it's healthy and oh so good! Thanks so much for commenting Silvia!
LeanneNovember 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm I love Greek food and this looks super tasty.
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 9:43 am I love Greek food too! Thanks so much for commenting Leanne!
Mary BarhamNovember 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm YUM!!! I have got to try this like soon! Plus I am such a recipe person... and this is perfect and easy for me to follow!
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 9:39 am Awesome! This is an easy recipe to follow :). Thanks so much for commenting!
Edward TraversaNovember 9, 2016 at 12:53 am Have to add this to the things I have to try. Looks yummy and also looks healthy. Thanks the recipe
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 9:38 am Yes! It's healthy but it's so good you wouldn't know it! Thanks so much for commenting Edward!
MariaNovember 9, 2016 at 6:00 am Amazing! When you put the word Greek and burger in the same bucket of food, count me in!
KristineNovember 9, 2016 at 9:38 am Yes! This combo works for this burger! Thanks so much for commenting Maria!
R. L. E.January 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm Do you freeze before or after cooking them.
KristineJanuary 5, 2017 at 9:52 am 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!