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Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers are made with ground turkey and a ton of mix-ins like red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese then smothered in tzatziki sauce. These Greek Turkey Burgers are great weeknight meal option that can be made on the skillet or on the grill!

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A Mediterranean Turkey Burger topped with Tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and lettuce sitting on a butcher block next to another turkey burger.

Greek Ground Turkey Feta Burgers

I love ground turkey. I have used ground turkey in so many ways but the one way that has alluded me is a turkey burger.

Unlike a traditional beef burger, where the plain beef easily forms a patty and stays juicy and flavorful ground turkey when formed into a burger tends to loose moisture and flavor.

So to combat this turkey burgers, much like the recipe you are about to see are filled with all sorts of mix-ins to keep the juicy and flavorful.

In this recipe I choose to go with a Greek/Mediterranean vibe.

With mix-ins such as fresh parsley, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese you seriously can’t go wrong. Plus top off the burger with a huge heap of tzatziki sauce and you are golden!

Ingredients for Turkey Burger

For the patties:

  • Egg
  • Minced garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh parsley, minced
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced sun dried tomatoes
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Ground turkey

Please note for this recipe you will come across different fat amount for the ground turkey, I used 93% and I would recommend not going any leaner than this as it helps to have a little fat to hold the burger together. If you want to go with a little bit more of a fat content this will work just fine.

For serving:

(While testing out these burgers I didn’t always put them onto buns, they are also very good in a grain bowl, in a lettuce wrap, or even next to/on a salad)

  • tzatziki sauce
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • buns

For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.

Flatlay of ingredients on a tabletop to make mediterranean turkey burgers with feta.

Instructions

In a large bowl add the egg, minced garlic, salt, parsley, red onion, sundried tomatoes, and feta cheese. 

Add the ground turkey overtop the mix-ins and gently begin to combine the ingredients. Combine just enough for all the mix-ins and ground turkey to come together, don’t overmix. Seperate the mixture into 4 even size chunks.

A stainless steel bowl filled with the raw mixture for Mediterranean turkey burgers.

One at a time form a patty. For better cooking you will want a thinner wider patty, the turkey will swell up while cooking so if it is too thick it will take a long time to cook in the center. Transfer the patties to a plate. 

Raw greek turkey burgers on a plate with all the mix-ins visible.

For on the Stovetop: Preheat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Grease the skillet, turkey tends to stick very easily. 

Transfer the patties to the hot surface, cook uncovered 5 minutes. Carefully flip the patties cover the skillet and cook another 5 minutes. Check for doneness, if they are done remove to rest. If not done flip the burgers again and cook uncovered another 3-5 minutes until done. Doneness for turkey is 165º F. 

Skillet with 4 greek turkey burgers just cooked.

For cooking on an outdoor grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Carefully transfer the burgers to the grill, cook 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes. Check for doneness, if they are done remove to rest. If not done flip the burgers one more time and cook uncovered another 3-5 minutes until done. Doneness for turkey is 165º F. Note: Turkey burgers tend to not hold there shape well so be extra careful when using an outside grill, I have cooked them this way and my advice is to be slow with them so they done crumble apart. 

Once burgers are done add to a bun with tzatziki, tomato slices, and lettuce.

A greek turkey burger on a bun sit-in non a butcher block.

Tips, Tricks, & Questions

  • I have found that ground turkey generally comes in 20 ounce packages, or around that size instead of 16 ounces (1 pound) like other meats, so pay attention at the store, anything close to 20 ounces should work just fine. 

Help! My turkey patty is falling apart?!

Unfortunately ground turkey has a tendency to to this. If you have all of your mix-ins in the patty and the patty isn’t holding its shape enough to make it to the pan I suggest putting the patties back into the mixing bowl and adding a good sized sprinkle of breadcrumbs to use as a binding agent. As gently as possible mix in the bread crumbs and reform the patty.

Is a turkey burger a healthier than a beef burger?

Looking at a side by side nutritional data as far as calories and protein go ground beef and turkey are generally the same. But if you look at the difference for heart health ground turkey will be lower in saturated fat making it the healthier option. Most importantly if you are looking for the healthiest option it is also important to remember to look at how the meat you are buying is sourced, there will be a difference in grass feed vs. traditional meats.

What temperature should a turkey burger be?

165º F

I suggest using a meat thermometer to ensure to burger is cooked to the correct temperature.

A hand holding up a Mediterranean Turkey burger with Tzatziki sauce dripping off the side.

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A greek turkey burger topped with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, and tomato sitting on a cutting board black next to a spoon of tzatziki.

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Take ground turkey up a notch with these flavor packed turkey burgers! With loads of flavor these turkey burgers will satisfy with red onion, sundried tomatoes, and feta cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup diced sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 20 ounces ground turkey

For Serving:

  • tzatziki sauce
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • buns

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add the egg, minced garlic, salt, parsley, red onion, sundried tomatoes, and feta cheese.
  2. Add the ground turkey overtop the mix-ins and gently begin to combine the ingredients. Combine just enough for all the mix-ins and ground turkey to come together, don't overmix. Seperate the mixture into 4 even size chunks. One at a time form a patty, for better cooking and for the eating you will want a thinner wider patty, the turkey will swell up while cooking so if it is too thick it will take a long time to cook in the center. Transfer the patties to a plate.
  3. Preheat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Grease the skillet, turkey tends to stick very easily.
  4. Transfer the patties to the hot surface, cook uncovered 5 minutes. Carefully flip the patties cover the skillet and cook another 5 minutes. Check for doneness, if they are done remove to rest, if not flip the burgers one more time and cook uncovered another 3-5 minutes until done. Doneness for turkey is 165º F.
  5. Once burgers are done add to a bun with tzatziki, tomato slices, and lettuce.

For cooking on an outside grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Carefully transfer the burgers to the grill, cook 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes. Check for doneness, if they are done remove to rest, if not flip the burgers one more time and cook uncovered another 3-5 minutes until done. Doneness for turkey is 165º F. Note: Turkey burgers tend to not hold there shape well so be extra careful when using an outside grill, I have cooked them this way and my advice is to be slow with them so they done crumble apart.

Notes

I have found that ground turkey generally comes in 20 ounce packages, or around that size instead of 16 ounces (1 pound) like other meats, so pay attention at the store, anything close to 20 ounces should work just fine.

Make your own Tzatziki Sauce with my recipe here.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 452Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 213mgSodium: 474mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 41g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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