Ground turkey has a reputation for being a very lean meat, but that’s only the case if you choose ground turkey breast. Unless otherwise specified, the dark turkey meat and skin gets mixed in with the light making it fattier than you may think.
It’s an excellent source of niacin and selenium and a good source of vitamin B6, phosphorus and zinc. Choosing ground turkey made from only breast will have 150 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 0 grams saturated fat. Since it’s so lean, it can end up being too dry and not-so-tasty.
Storage Tip: Store cooked turkey burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for upn to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave in 30-second increments, or in a hot skillet until warmed through. Store tzatziki in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Give it a quick stir before serving.
How To Serve These Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
You can absolutely serve these like traditional burgers on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, the zucchini tzatziki, thin slices of red onion, and even some crumbled feta cheese.
Serve with the zucchini tzatziki over this delicious Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad.
Swap the bun for a lettuce wrap.
Serve over a classic Greek Salad made with chunks of fresh tomato, cucumber, feta and oregano vinaigrette
Note 1: You can get the beets already peeled and cooked in the fruit and vegetable section of the grocery store in a vacuum airlock.
Note 2: Instead of taking sun-dried tomatoes in oil, we suggest a less fatty alternative. Instead, choose dehydrated sun-dried tomatoes. Simply let them soak in hot water for a few minutes. They will be as tender as those in oil, but with a lot less calories.
Note 3: You can take fresh spinach instead of frozen. Cook 2 cups of fresh spinach and then pat dry to remove excess water.
Healthy Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
Beef burgers are loved by most people. The problem with them is that they are very fattening. This is because they are normally fried and beef is high in fat. Turkey burgers are made from a much leaner meat which means that they are much less fattening.
Turkey burgers are healthy, but you must ensure you're choosing the healthiest burgers available. By eating turkey burgers you can enjoy burgers without causing any harm to your health.
To make the yogurt sauce, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic and dill. Cover and refrigerate.
Preheat the barbecue to High.
Thaw the spinach and squeeze to remove the excess water, absorbing it with a paper towel.
Combine ground turkey, chopped onion half, sundried tomatoes, spinach, cheese, remaining garlic clove, oregano, breadcrumbs, pepper and egg in a medium bowl.
Mix well with clean hands. Form 6 burger patties of the same size.
Grill on the barbecue for about 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle.
Serve the patties with the yogurt sauce, onion slices, beet slices and cucumber slices on top.
Variants: you can serve them in a hamburger bun or without the bread. The nutritional value is calculated without the bread.
Serving Size 1 hamburger
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 258
- Calories from Fat 13
- % Daily Value *
- Cholesterol 125mg42%
- Sodium 286mg12%
- Total Carbohydrate 8g3%
- Dietary Fiber 1g4%
- Sugars 4g
- Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.