Turkey Burgers

5 from 2 votes

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If you think turkey burgers are dry and bland, it’s time to try this juicy burger recipe. Here, I’ve added creamy feta and refreshing dill directly into the patties, giving it wonderful Greek flavors and plenty of moisture. Some optional but delicious toppings include my Pickled Onions Recipe and The Most Delicious Tzatziki. Although this recipe is not authentic or common in Greece, I use ingredients like dill, feta, and oregano which are all Greek staples. These juicy patties will make you feel like you’re on a Greek vacation, so trust me and double the recipe!

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These burgers are perfect for meal prep: the meat mixture can be kept in the fridge for a day or two and there are many ways to enjoy these burgers that do not involve a burger bun. I like to enjoy my burgers on their own or with a side of fluffy rice, tzatziki, and veggies or salad. For a low-carb option, you can sandwich the burger patties between two thick slices of tomato or even slices of grilled veggies, such as eggplant.

I like to use my easy homemade Italian Breadcrumbs (tap to see the recipe) to help bind the burgers, but feel free to use store-bought breadcrumbs.

Turkey Burgers

If you think turkey burgers are dry and bland, it's time to try this juicy burger recipe. Here, I’ve added creamy feta and refreshing dill directly into the patties, giving it wonderful Greek flavors and plenty of moisture.
5 from 2 votes
Servings: 4 burgers
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground turkey (or any ground meat)
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • salt
  • ½ tablespoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • handful of finely chopped dill (about 1/4 cup) , (or basil or your favorite fresh herb)
  • crumbled feta, measured with your heart
  • oil for forming the patties and the grill

Additional Ingredients

  • burger buns , (I like Brioche buns)
  • toppings, such as mayo, ketchup, tzatziki, lettuce, onions, cheese etc.

Instructions 

  • Add the ground meat to a large bowl. Add in the egg, salt to taste, the oregano, black pepper, garlic, breadcrumbs, and dill. Mix well with clean hands. Add in the feta and mix again.
  • Cover the meat mixture and let it set in the fridge. This step is needed so the meat can firm up. I leave it in the fridge for about 1 hour but you can also do this overnight.
  • When the meat has set, remove it from the fridge and divide it into 4 equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc, making sure it's even all through out.
  • Gently press down the middle of each patty (this helps them cook evenly).
  • Preheat the barbecue to 450F (making sure to oil the grill) and cook the patties for 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until the burgers reach an internal temperature of 165F. I like to open and close the lid to check on them every 2 minutes.
  • Note: You can make them in the air fryer or on the stovetop, in a pan, as well.
  • When the burgers are done, enjoy them as-is with sides such as steamed rice, raw, grilled, or roasted veggies, salads, dips, etc. or in between a burger bun with your favorite toppings.
  • I added tzatziki to my bun with pickled onions and lettuce but feel free to use anything you like. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t want to use a barbecue you can make these in the air fryer or even fry them on a pan on the stove too. 
Feel free to use any ground meat of choice such as chicken, pork, lamb, or beef. 
Please buy good-quality feta in block form. Don’t get anything that is pre-crumbled. 
If you don’t like dill, substitute for herb of choice, such as basil, cilantro, or mint
Be careful when using a barbecue. Always make sure you have assistance or read the manual if you are unsure of how to use one. 
Recipe for the Tzatziki, breadcrumbs and pickled onions is linked in the description above. Just click on the highlighted word and it will take you to the post. 
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I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe to the t. Easy, quick, and such a great alternative to beef. I bbqed the patties approx. 8-10mins on eat side, depending on thickness. I also sprayed some avocado oil on them to make sure they don’t stick. Such a great tasting Mediterranean flavour, paired with homemade tzatziki(also modern nonna recipe).