Turkey Burgers and Yes! Garlic goes with everything.

 

Jim and I absolutely love Greek food but if we were being honest with ourselves we really just love Greek food that is covered in tzatziki sauce. Seriously, could that stuff get any better? Since the weather has been so lovely this week I thought Greek turkey burgers would be a yummy light meal to have. This was a crowd pleaser but more importantly this was a Jameson pleaser. He ate all of this without any complaints and kept going back for more! Whether you have a picky child, big eater or no child at all this recipe is super yummy. As always I preface this by saying that I am not a chef and prior to a few weeks ago I never wrote down anything that I did in the kitchen-  I’m just a mom and a wife trying to find new creative meals for my family 🙂 ENJOY!

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon of dill
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic power (yes the two different type of garlic make a difference!!!)
  • ½- English cucumber diced
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Burgers

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic (Yes! More garlic!)
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves- chopped (chopped super small if you are feeding a toddler)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey meat
  • King’s Hawaiian Slider buns (no product placement here they are just so good!)

Making it all…

  • Stir together all the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce and set aside
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, add the onion and then add the garlic after two minutes. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Add the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted (No longer than 1 minute-ish)
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add in the Parmesan cheese, dill and pepper and stir together.
  • Place the spinach mixture in a large mixing bowl and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Use your hands to mix in the ground turkey with the spinach mixture and make 12 two inch round burger patties.
  • Spray a grill plan with some cooking spray and cook over medium high heat. Grill the patties until they are cooked through
    • If you are cooking all the patties cook them in two batches of 6 at a time. This will give the burgers plenty of room to cook without being squished next to another burger. You could also freeze the uncooked patties and make them at a later date for a quick dinner!
  • Place the slider buns open face in the broiler for a minute to just toast them up a bit.

For sliders I normally do 3 a person. Place the sliders on the bun and drizzle with the tzatziki sauce. I serve this with a crisp romaine salad with sliced onion, shredded carrots, red cabbage and a light lemon vinaigrette (lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper and a little agave).

This was a hit for Jameson. He kept trying to take full spoonfuls of the tzatziki sauce and loved using pieces of the burger to dip it in the sauce. There was no “yuck” face and no sign language signaling that he is all done before taking a bite (seriously…that happens). I unfortunately do not have any photos  of him enjoying this meal or the meal at all (not a food bloggers guys, just a mom) because I made this for the boys so I could hurry out and meet friends for dinner.

Give this a try!! Let me know what you think! I bet you agree all the garlic makes a difference 😉

E

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