Monday, February 22, 2010

Mediterranean Turkey Burger

This is one of our favorite burgers. The tzatziki topping is what makes this something different. I first received this recipe in a My Recipes 'Dinner Tonight' e-mail. (This recipe came from Cooking Light magazine). We do not have any outdoor space at our apartment, so the only place we can currently grill is in a pan or on our Cuisinart Griddler. Although I love our Griddler, I cannot wait for this summer because we plan to be in a house and I may have an outdoor grill to use! I imagine that will make these even better. We often enjoy this burger with some fresh veggies to dip in the tzatziki; such as celery, carrots, and peppers.

*Please note, this recipe is for a serving of 4. I often use the same amount of ingredients as below, however, I make 6 smaller patties and use mini wheat pitas.

For the burgers you will need:
*1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
*1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
*1 tablespoon minced red onion
*2 tablespoons pesto
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
*1 pound ground turkey breast
*1 garlic clove, minced
*Cooking spray
*2 cups arugula
*2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, toasted and halved (I don't toast them)

For tzatziki you will need:
*1/2 cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt
*1/4 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Divide the mixture into 4 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick oval patty. (Or 6 even sized portions if you are using the mini pitas like I do)

2. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan and cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

3. Place 1 patty and 1/2 cup arugula in each pita half.

To make the Tzatziki sauce: Combine all of the ingredients. Serve with vegetables of your choice. We also like to top some of the burger with the tzatziki.

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