Greek Turkey Burgers with Sauteed Veggie Couscous
I love making different types of turkey burgers in the summer because they are so tasty on the grill and really easy to make. We recently tried these and they have now become a regular in our house. I love the juiciness of these burgers and the tzatziki sauce is so refreshing on a hot summer day. I originally came across this recipe on Pinterest. Skinny Ms (another one of my favorites) posted it and I made a few changes that I felt sent it up just a notch.
Ingredients for burgers –
- 1 pound ground turkey (I used 94% lean for juicier burgers)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano (or you can always use fresh!)
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped (about 1/2-3/4 of a 5 oz bag)
- 2-3 TBL sundried tomatoes, chopped fine (use the ones packed in oil)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, chopped fine
Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce –
- 1/4 cup cucumber, shredded (see instructions for this)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 TBL dried dill weed
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp olive oil (or more for a richer sauce)
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2-3 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Instructions for the Tzatziki Sauce –
For the cucumber, slice it down the center lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Once you have shredded about 1/4 cup, place in a paper towel and squeeze out excess water. Add to all of the other ingredients and stir well to combine.
Instructions for burgers –
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir with wooden spoon and then mix with your hands.
Once all ingredients are evenly distributed, form into four equal patties and place them on a plate sprayed with cooking oil.
In a large skillet heat 1 TBL olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the burgers and cook them for 10-15 minutes, flipping once. Or, you can do it on the grill which is my preferred method. Make sure to oil your grill and heat it to around 450 degrees. Grill the burgers approximately 6 minutes a side. Once done, throw them on a bun of your choice, top with fresh sliced tomato and an extra large dollop of the tzatziki sauce and enjoy!
Looking for a side dish to go with these? I enjoy this Tumeric Couscous with some sauteed zucchini and orange pepper (or sometimes I use yellow squash too). I recently read about the health benefits of tumeric (gradually increases antioxidants in your body, helps lower cholesterol) so when I came across this, I had to give it a try!
- 1 cup uncooked couscous
- 1 1/2 cups low sodium veggie or chicken broth
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced/chopped to your liking
- 1 small orange pepper, diced
- 1 tsp ground tumeric
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 TBL olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook couscous according to package directions. While couscous cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and once heated, add the veggies and saute for a couple of minutes. Add minced garlic, tumeric and oregano and continue sauteeing until your desired tenderness.
Once couscous is done, add in veggies and serve alongside those yummy burgers. Enjoy!