This recipe goes to the head of the class, turkey-burger-wise. Its perfectly proportioned, Greek-inspired combo of crumbled feta cheese, red onion and dill makes the meat flavorful and keeps it moist. It would fit right into a plan for eating better in the new year.
A dollop of tzatziki or squirt of Sriracha would cool it down or spice it up nicely.
Turkey Burgers With Feta and Dill
We tested these using 16 ounces and 20 ounces of ground turkey, and preferred the thicker burgers from the 20-ounce portion. Both work fine.
Adapted from "Prevention's Mediterranean Table: 100 Vibrant Recipes to Share for Lifelong Health," by the editors of Prevention Magazine and Jennifer McDaniel (Rodale, 2017).
1/2 medium red onion
2 small cloves garlic
4 stems fresh dill
1 pound to 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 whole-grain hamburger buns
Green-leaf lettuce leaves, for serving
Heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, cut the red onion into thin slices, reserving 4 of them for serving. Finely chop the remaining red onion slices, garlic and dill; together is okay. Transfer to a mixing bowl, then add the ground turkey, salt, pepper and feta. Grease the palms of your clean hands with a light coating of cooking oil spray, then use your hands to gently blend the mixture. Form into 4 equal patties that are 3/4- to 1-inch thick.
Grease both sides of each patty lightly with cooking oil spray, then place in the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, nicely browning the exterior and making sure the interior is cooked through (165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer).
While the burgers are cooking, you can toast the buns and gather condiments.
Place lettuce leaves on each bottom bun, then the burgers. Put a slice of red onion on each burger, then finish with the top buns. Serve warm, with condiments.
Nutrition | Per serving (using 1 pound meat): 320 calories, 36 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 630 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugar
Nutrition | Per serving (using 1 1/4 pounds meat): 350 calories, 42 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 95 mg cholesterol, 660 mg sodium, 4 g dietary fiber, 3 g sugar.