Greek Turkey Burgers
The feta and parsley in these turkey burgers elevates them from a regular burger to a special meal. No toppings or buns are necessary because the patties are so flavorful on their own, but if you want them, of course, feel free!
- 1 lb. ground turkey (for moister burgers, don’t use extra lean) or chicken
- 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano or use Greek seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. salt-free lemon pepper seasoning
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 whole wheat buns (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) optional
- 4 leaves iceberg lettuce optional
- 1 tomato sliced (optional)
- In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the turkey, parsley, oregano, and lemon pepper seasoning. Fold in the cheese.
- Heat a large heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat until it is very hot, then add the oil and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Meanwhile, gently form the turkey mixture into 4 patties, about 1-inch thick, and season with a little coarse salt and pepper, if desired.
- Add them to the skillet and brown the patties without moving them for about 4 minutes on the first side. (Alternatively, cook the burgers on a grill over medium heat for 5 - 7 minutes per side.)
- Flip the patties and cook them for about 4 minutes on the second side.
- After they are browned on the second side, reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the skillet, and cook them for 6 - 10 more minutes (depending on desired doneness), flipping once.
- While the burgers are cooking, lightly toast the buns (optional). Serve them immediately, topped with the lettuce and tomato, if desired, and condiments of your choice.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Chop the parsley, crumble the feta cheese if necessary and refrigerate, combine the burger ingredients and refrigerate, shape the burgers and refrigerate, slice the tomato if using. Scramble Flavor Booster: Add 1/2 tsp. lemon zest, fresh or dried dill, garlic powder, and/or minced red onion to the burger mixture or squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the cooked burgers. Tip: Always use tongs or spatulas to turn meat. This will prevent piercing the meat and will keep the juices inside. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 251, Total Fat: 17g, 26%; Saturated Fat: 6g, 28.5%; Cholesterol: 101mg, 33.5%; Sodium: 290mg, 12%; Total Carbohydrate: 1g, 0.5%; Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0%; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 24g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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