Living on the plains of Minnesota, it’s not every day of the year that I get to enjoy grilled foods. Summertime is a beautiful time for many reasons, and grilling is one of them!
Although I definitely have a soft spot for the classic cheeseburger (I think Culver’s makes the best ones with American cheese!), I try to keep my meals healthier as a general rule. But I don’t want them to be boring, because ultimately I’d rather eat a tasty meal that’s unhealthy than an unappetizing one that’s healthy.
I aim for healthy AND flavorful when I can, which is exactly what these turkey burgers are.
Turkey burgers are infamously unexciting, but these are no ordinary turkey burgers because they’re stuffed with feta cheese! A twist on the Juicy Lucy, if you’re a fellow Minnesotan.
They’re also topped with a generous amount of tzatziki sauce, which is my favorite part. Even better than the cheesy filling, which is hard to beat! I LOVE tzatziki, and I also love that it’s so filling. It adds an extra serving of protein to this meal so you definitely won’t walk away hungry! I’ve never made another tzatziki recipe after trying this one from Elly Says Opa!, and that’s the one I recommend for these burgers. I mean it when I say I put a lot of tzatziki on mine.
I added sliced cucumbers and spinach to my burgers because I was being extra health-conscious that day. You can add whatever toppings you like – tomatoes, onions, hummus, your favorite greens…you decide.
You can also skip the bun if you’re on a special diet. Sometimes I even prefer these burgers without them so the bread doesn’t get in the way of all that flavor! The nutrition information below is calculated WITHOUT a bun for these purposes, so just add 80-110 calories if you use one, depending on what kind of bun you choose.
These burgers are pretty simple, very customizable, and a great way to use your grill this summer!
If you’re looking for another fun burger recipe, check out my Beef Sliders with Jalapeños and Honey Butter! I also love throwing peaches on the grill for this Healthy Chicken Kale Salad with Grilled Peaches, and I enjoy this Grilled Asparagus on the regular.
What are you grilling this summer?
STUFFED GREEK TURKEY BURGERS Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. ground turkey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. dried oregano 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese Toppings: 4 hamburger buns, sliced in half 1 cup spinach or greens 1/2 cucumber, sliced Tzatziki sauce (see below) INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat grill. Place turkey, garlic, oregano and salt in a large bowl. Mix with hands until well-combined. Form into eight patties. Use two patties to make each burger. For each one, make an indentation in one of the patties with your finger and place a fourth of the feta cheese inside, covering with the other patty and pinching at the sides to enclose completely. Repeat for all four burgers. Grill patties until turkey is cooked through, about 7 minutes on each side. To assemble burgers, place spinach, cucumber slices, cooked patties, and tzatziki sauce on buns.
TZATZIKI SAUCE Adapted from Elly Says Opa! INGREDIENTS: 8 oz. plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cucumber, grated (You can peel it first but I usually don't) 1 large clove garlic 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice, optional Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, optional INSTRUCTIONS: Grate cucumber into a bowl. Using a paper towel (or several), squeeze out excess moisture. Add yogurt, garlic, vinegar, and lemon juice if desired. Mix until combined and add salt to taste. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving, if possible, for best flavor. When you're ready to serve, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil if desired.
Nutrition Info (for burger, tzatziki, and all toppings except the bun)*:
Total Fat: 10.2 g
Cholesterol: 88.3 mg
Sodium: 514.4 mg
Potassium: 165.1 mg
Total Carbs: 5.9 g
Protein: 30 g
*Add an extra 80-110 calories, a gram of fat, about 20 carbs and approximately 4 grams of protein if you use a bun.