Greek Turkey Burgers


Greek Turkey Burgers

From the Chef: Who doesn't love to indulge in a big, juicy hamburger? I certainly do, but I always feel so guilty after. This turkey version is a healthier substitute, with plenty of hidden veggies, lean turkey meat, and lighter Greek yogurt dressing. Burgers like these don't just have to be limited to an "every once in a while" kind of meal.
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, The Lighten Up Cookbook: 103 Easy, Slimmed-Down Favorites for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Everyone Will Love.


Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time10 min


  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 7 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, for serving
  • Slice tomato, for serving


  1. Grate the cucumber over a tea towel. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

  2. In a bowl, combine the grated cucumber, feta cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, dill, 1/2 teaspoon of the minced garlic, and a pinch of salt. Stir everything to combine and then refrigerate while preparing the burgers.

  3. Squeeze as much moisture as possible from the frozen spinach. Roughly chop the spinach. Grate the red onion and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.

  4. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey with the spinach, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, egg, panko, oregano, remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir everything until it is evenly combined. Shape the mixture into 4 even patties.

  5. Cook the burgers on a stove top grill, in a nonstick skillet, or over an open flame for about 5 minutes on each side over medium-high heat.

  6. Layer the bottom half of the bun with lettuce, a thick slice of tomato, the burger patty, and the yogurt sauce before adding the bun top. Serve.

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