Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Big Fat Greek Turkey Burgers

Hello flavor explosion in my mouth!  I've been wanting to do some sort of Greek turkey burger for a while now and these did not disappoint!  I took a recipe from the Cooking Light website & added a couple of things to it to come up with this.  This is in no way a boring dried out turkey burger!  Talk about a juicy & flavorful.  These are a must try.  And don't forget the Tzatziki sauce, it's too good!  Enjoy!

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon minced red onion
2 tablespoons commercial pesto
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives 
1/4 cup chicken stock or broth

2 cups arugula (I used baby spinach)
Sliced Roasted Red Bell Peppers in the jar
2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, toasted and halved (we used the Earthgrains 100 calorie thin buns)

1.  Make the Tzatziki Sauce (below) and refrigerate.
2. Combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl; mix until combined. (at this point I put the mixture in the fridge to let the flavors do their thing for about 30 min.  Divide mixture into 4-6 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.
3. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Top patties with sliced peppers, spinach & Tzatziki. 
Calories: 303, Fat: 8.8g

Tzatziki sauce: Combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt; 1/4 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/8 (or less if you don't want too much heat) teaspoon ground red pepper.

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