Thursday, March 27, 2014

Turkey Burgers

Do you know how expensive ground beef is right now? I was flabbergasted last time I bought some at the grocery store. Literally shocked at the price. For a pound of 80/20 ground beef, I paid over $4.50.

My friends, that is nuts.

In an attempt to lower our grocery bill, and eat healthy too, I thought of buying ground turkey instead. Light bulb! To my dismay, ground turkey is not as cheap as I thought. At $4.99 a pound, it's more expensive than ground beef, but's healthier. Out of the two options, I figured ground turkey was the better choice.

I had the perfect recipe in mind too. Turkey burgers! But not just your average, plain Jane turkey burgers. These delicious burgers from Food & Drink. I'm totally stealing their photo, too, because I didn't snap a pic of the burgers we made. I was too excited to eat them!

7 oz. plain greek yogurt
1 medium fresh lemon
¼ tsp minced garlic
¼ tsp dried dill
1.25 lb. ground turkey
6 halves sun dried tomatoes
1 medium red onion
2 oz. frozen spinach 
¼ cup crumbled feta
1 tsp dried oregano 
½ tsp minced garlic 
⅓ cup bread crumbs
1 lg. egg
1 med. cucumber 
6 hamburger buns
to taste salt and pepper

1. Prepare the yogurt sauce by combining the yogurt, ¼ tsp minced garlic, dry dill, juice of half the lemon and a dash of salt. Stir everything to combine and then refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend while you make the burgers.
2. Thaw the frozen spinach and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Roughly chop the spinach to prevent long stringy pieces. Also chop the sun dried tomatoes and ¼ of the red onion.
3. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey with the spinach, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, ½ tsp minced garlic, dried oregano, egg, bread crumbs, ½ tsp of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Stir everything until it is evenly combined. Shape the mixture into six patties.
4. Cook the burgers on a counter top grill, a non-stick skillet or over open flame. Spread the yogurt sauce on both sides of a bun, add a warm burger and top with thin slices of red onion and cucumber.

They use a George Foreman grill, but we just pan-grilled on the stove top. I also omitted the cucumber and red onions (on top, not in the burger) and added slices of tomato and a bit of mozzarella cheese. These are so yummy! The yogurt-dill sauce really adds to the flavor as well. This is a perfect Spring/Summer dish. I can just imagine enjoying one of these on our deck with a glass of white wine. Now if only the weather would cooperate and warm up a bit!

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