Yesterday, we celebrated the birthdays of several classmates with the first barbecue since the weather turned nice. By nice, I mean really warm until late at night. And it seems that my backyard was made for barbecues.
One of the birthday people was Emily O., who was sadly not able to attend. However, in her honor, I made these greek-style turkey burgers from a recipe that she created and sent to me recently.
They were just as tender and juicy as promised, and were a huge hit. From the outside, they appear to be regular turkey burgers, but they are stuffed with spinach-shallot-feta deliciousness. Thank you Emily!
Greek-style Turkey Burgers Adapted directly from Emily O.’s instructions
For the patties:
- ground turkey breast, livened up with two fresh turkey italian sausages, squeezed from their casings and added to the meat, along with ground fennel, herbs de provence, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper…a little olive oil.
For the filling:
- sauteed shallots and spinach, mixed/mashed with scant amount of greek feta cheese, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
- Make flat patties out of the meat, place a spoonful of the cheese mixture in the center, place another patty on top and seal the edges.
- Grill the burgers as usual.
- yogurt sauce: mix greek yogurt with finely chopped basil, dill, and mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- sliced red onion
- butter lettuce