Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

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greek turkey burgers with tzatziki sauce recipe
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Honestly? We’ve never met a burger we didn’t like. But the Greek turkey burger with tzatziki sauce is quickly rising up the ranks as our favorite of all time. It’s lighter and more flavorful than a traditional burger, so it’s basically the perfect warm-weather dinner. Eat it with salad, chips, fries…or all three.


Turkey Burgers

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 sweet onion, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 egg

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

½ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes

1 pound ground turkey

¾ cup bread crumbs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt

½ European cucumber, diced

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 pinch garlic powder

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Burger Toppings

4 whole-wheat hamburger buns

½ red onion, sliced

8 Boston lettuce leaves

2 tomatoes, sliced


1. Make the Turkey Burgers: In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute more. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the cooled onion mixture with the egg, parsley, oregano, red-pepper flakes and ground turkey. Add the bread crumbs, season with salt and pepper, and mix until combined.

3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Form the meat mixture into four patties of equal size. Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and spray it generously with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Place the burgers in the skillet and sear on each side until well browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the burgers are fully cooked through, 15 to 17 minutes more.

5. Make the Tzatziki Sauce: In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt with the cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic powder to combine. Season with salt and pepper, and then stir in the parsley.

6. Make the Toppings: Place each burger on the bottom half of a bun and then top each with about ¼ cup tzatziki, two lettuce leaves, two tomato slices and the top half of the bun. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
  • Turkey Burger

  • 326 calories

  • 14g fat

  • 22g carbs

  • 27g protein

  • 6g sugars

  • Tzatziki Sauce

  • 102 calories

  • 7g fat

  • 5g carbs

  • 6g protein

  • 3g sugars

  • Burger Toppings

  • 132 calories

  • 3g fat

  • 23g carbs

  • 5g protein

  • 5g sugars


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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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