Monday, February 6, 2012
While I'm not a huge fan of burgers (much to my husband's dismay), I do really like these Greek turkey burgers! I have to thank one of my friends who introduced me to them a few years ago. The flavors blend together so beautifully, and even my 3-year-old enjoys these!
I will say that some of the ingredients in this recipe can get somewhat pricey, though. For example, ground turkey is usually over my $2/lb limit for meat. However, it often goes on sale for under $2/lb and when it does, I stock up. I also use Kalamata olives in this recipe. When first looking at the price for a jar of kalamatas, you may get sticker shock. But one thing to keep in mind is that you'll be able to get several meals out of one jar. You can also use other types of olives, but I really like the flavor the kalamatas add. And keep in mind that it's cheaper to buy a block of feta and crumble it yourself than to buy the pre-crumbled feta.
Greek Turkey Burgers
1 1/4 lb ground turkey
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
ground black pepper, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. I've found that the easiest way to mix everything is to use your hands. (Just make sure you wash them really well with soap and water before touching anything else in the kitchen! You don't want to cross-contaminate your food!)
Once mixed, form into desired size patties. I usually get about 6 patties, but you can make them bigger or smaller if you'd like. Once the patties are formed, you can either grill them or cook them in an oiled saute pan until cooked through. I like to serve them on toasted hamburger buns with red onion slices. I'm guessing they would taste amazing with hummus or tzatziki on them, too! I haven't tried it, yet, but I'd like to!