Friday, February 25, 2011

Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Dressing

Remember the time I professed my love for feta cheese? It grew to a new level when I made these burgers with this sauce. The burgers are turkey because I'm not a huge beef fan. I honestly don't think you'll miss the beef even if you prefer it over ground turkey. The sauce is on the tangy side, you may want to work the lemon juice in a little at a time depending on how tangy you like it. If you are a beginner cook and you want to knock the socks off people who think you don't know what you're doing, start with these. They are so easy to throw together. They're simple, but have a different taste than your standard burger. People will be wow'd. I don't care if wow'd isn't grammatically correct, they'll be WOW'D!

Recipe yields 6-8 burgers depending on size you make them
6-8 hamburger buns
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, finely minced or hand grated
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 large egg white
2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp sage

1 cup feta cheese
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or hand grated
1 tsp lemon zest
1-2 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
1/8 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Using a food processor, combine feta, yogurt, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper until smooth and combined.

In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, feta, onion, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg whites, panko, salt, pepper, thyme, cumin and sage. Form into burger patties, making the middle a little thinner so when they cook, the middle doesn't puff up unevenly.

Cook on grill or griddle for 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked throughout.

*Just a warning, turkey burgers usually stick more than a regular burger would, so for best results, use a non-stick griddle with lots of cooking spray or olive oil*

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