Santorini Burgers

Posted: April 4

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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Santorini Burgers take the traditional turkey burger on an international trip to the sapphire waters of the Aegean Sea! The burger remains as juicy and savory as ever, now with plenty of Greek seasonings and sharp feta cheese. On top, Santorini Burgers pile on a bright and tangy tomato salad and a creamy, refreshing, and homemade tzatziki sauce for some extra Mediterranean flavor. There hasn't been a turkey burger before or since that's as luxurious, indulgent, and just plain sunny!


For the Greek tomato salad: • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1/4 cup red onion, diced • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon olive oil • kosher salt, to taste • fresh ground black pepper, to taste For the tzatziki sauce: • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain and non-fat • 1/2 cup cucumber, shredded and with as much liquid removed as possible • 1/2 lemon, juiced • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped • 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic, plus more to taste • kosher salt, to taste • fresh ground black pepper, to taste For the turkey burgers: • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped • 1/4 cup red onion, minced • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, rubbed between the palms of your hands • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • fresh ground black pepper, to taste • 1 pound lean ground turkey or ground chicken For serving: • 4 (6-inch) pita bread rounds or sandwich thins


Step 1

Combine the cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup red onion, the flat-leaf parsley, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl, stirring until combined.

Step 2

Taste for seasoning.

Step 3

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 4

Place the Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon dill, 1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl, stirring to combine.

Step 5

Taste for seasoning.

Step 6

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 7

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, remaining red onion, feta, remaining dill, oregano, remaining granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper.

Step 8

Add in the ground turkey and use your hands to mix, careful not to overwork the meat.

Step 9

Form the meat mixture gently into 4 patties. Place a small dimple or impression in the center of each patty to ensure they maintain their shape during cooking.

Step 10

Preheat the grill to medium heat or preheat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat on the stove-top.

Step 11

Spray or coat the grill grates or the pan with oil or cooking spray.

Step 12

Add the burgers to the grill or pan and grill until cooked through at 165 degrees F, about 4-6 minutes per side.

Step 13

Serve the burgers in the pitas and topped with the tzatziki sauce and the Greek tomato salad.

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