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2011, Recipes

The Other Burger…….

When the weather gets nice there is no better way of bringing it in then with a juicy burger. There’s a constant battle in my brain and palette between my favorite grilled foods and that battle is an amazing grilled burger or a nice thick grilled chop….please see my first post to reinforce this ūüėÄ …but I’ve been trying to eat healthier so I’ve cut back on some of the¬†indulgence. I’m going to be honest I cannot survive the entire summer without my burgers so I went to plan B…..Turkey Burgers!?! YES!!! I had a horrible experience with turkey burgers when I was younger and I was scarred for life. These dry, flavorless, compressed patties of nothingness had no place in my kitchen or stomach for that matter, but like any good cook I thought how can I fix this…I mean I love thanksgiving turkey and turkey sandwiches, why were these burgers so different. ¬†I was watching the food network and during the cooking demo they were making turkey burgers and that’s when it clicked…ADD THE FLAVOR and most importantly DON’T DRY THEM OUT.¬† This was awesome – I mean I was given a blank canvas¬†to paint on with these burgers, which is totally against the rules when making beef burgers.¬† Alright enough of my rambling let’s get down to the recipe for these burgers!!!!!

Greek Turkey Burgers

  • 2lbs of ground turkey
    • 1lb lean ground turkey (93/7) – 93% lean meat : 7% fat
    • 1lb extra lean ground turkey (99/1) – 99% lean meat : 1% fat
  • feta cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 greek yogurt
  • fresh oregano
  • pita bread

 

  • Start off by opening both packages of meat and putting them in a large glass bowl
  • Next cut half of a white onion and finely mince
  • Mince 3 large cloves of garlic
  • Take about a sprig and a half of fresh oregano and pull the leaves off of the stem. Mince finely
  • Crumble feta cheese
  • Combine all of the ingredients into the meat along with 2 teaspoons of greek yogurt
  • The mixture should be moist but not overly wet so the burgers do not fall apart while grilling
  • Rub the tops of the burger patties with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh black pepper. The olive oil will help to¬†prevent the burgers from sticking.
  • Pre-heat your grill so its nice and hot. Place the burgers on the grill and sear both side to seal the burgers. Each side should take about 3 minutes or so. Watch the burgers carefully so they do not burn. Once each side of the burgers is seared, lower the heat on the grill to about medium¬† and move the burgers away from the direct heat and close the lid. This will allow the burgers to cook indirectly which will ensure the inside of the burger is cooked completely and stays juicy. Check the burgers about ten minutes in to ensure they are firm to touch but not rock hard. You may want to take a burger and cut the center to check that the poultry is cooked completely through.
  • Pull the burgers off the grill, cover will aluminum foil¬†and let them rest for about 3 minutes. This¬†will let the juices redistribute through the meat and keep the burgers moist.
  • While the grill is still¬†warm, place your pita breads on the¬†heat and toast them up.
  • Cut the pitas¬†in half spread tzatziki¬†sauce¬† on the inside, crumble in some feta cheese, fresh cucumbers for crunch and lastly your juicy turkey burger.

Tzatziki Sauce

  • Greek yogurt
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Place one container of greek yogurt in a small glass bowl
  2. Smash the clove of garlic and begin pressing the back of your knife against the garlic to form a paste [Note: Here is a link to show how this is done]
  3. Fine mince a couple of oregano leaves
  4. Cut about a quarter of the cucumber and peel. Grate the cucumber with a cheese grater. [Note: This is how it should look]
  5. Place grated cucumber in cheesecloth or paper towel and squeeze the water out.
  6. Place all of the ingredients into the greek yogurt and mix together
  7. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
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One thought on “The Other Burger…….

  1. Your entries remind me of the Julie & Julia movie.
    Eric = Julia Child! (Male version)

    wait…. wait…. Eric = Chef Pepin!!! lol

    Posted by Karina | September 28, 2011, 8:34 pm

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