I have been cooking my entire life. I grew up around amazing home cooks, and my father is still the best chef I know.
There are very few things in this world that I love as much as a big, cheesy, juicy burger. Now, I do give into the temptation every once in a while, but sometimes when that craving hits and I need a burger, I give in... I just make it lighter. So instead of the typical beef, I used ground turkey. Now that was about as far as I got, there is so many different ways to prepare any burger. So I looked through the pantry and fridge and then I saw it: sun dried tomato paste—and it hit my like a ton of bricks. Greek turkey burgers with homemade tzatziki! I served mine open-faced on a pita, but my hubbie preferred his burger to be shaped more like an oval, and he sandwiched his burger between a pita I sliced in half. Don't be fooled by it being lighter either. It was one of the best burgers I have made in quite sometime! I topped it with my homemade sauce, feta, cucumber, a little romaine, red onion, and gave it some spice with a few sliced pepperoncinis; it was just awesome! Cheesy from the feta, spicy for the pepperoncinis, and a little sweet from the sun-dried tomatoes. Feel free to add and change things to your liking, and I hope you enjoy as much as we did!
What Is Tzatziki Sauce?
Tzatziki is a yogurt-based sauce that many people have had before but probably didn't realize they were eating. If you have ever eaten a gyro, then you have most likely eaten this sauce. That creamy wonderfulness that is served with the gyro that makes it that much better, that is tzatziki. It also goes great with lamb and any other semi-gamy meat. It is normally made with yogurt, cucumbers, dill, lemon, and a little salt and pepper. But in my version, I add a little hot sauce and a little pepperocini juice just to give it a little extra spice. Feel free to stick to the original if you don't like too much spice. (See full recipe below) The longer you let this sit in the fridge, the better it tastes. I recommend at least a half hour before serving.
Ingredients for Sauce:
- 1 cup non-fat greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill
- 1 tablespoon pepperoncini juice
- a few shakes of hot sauce
- a few shakes of salt and a few grinds of pepper
- Stir till everything is blended.
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- 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup feta
- 1/4 cup red onion, minced
- 1 large clove garlic, (or two small) minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sun dried tomato paste, (can use whole and just chop)
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons pepperoncinis, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 2 whole wheat pitas, sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Combine turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, dills, onion, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, pepperoncinis, and salt and pepper, and mix together with hands in a large bowl until blended. Form meat mixture into 4 patties.
- Place patties in pan and cook about 4 minutes each side.
- Place on pita and smear with as much sauce and you like. Top with extra feta, lettuce, cucumber, pepperoncinis, red onion, or whatever you prefer on your burgers. Enjoy it either open-faced or sandwiched between two toasted whole-wheat pitas!