Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Serve a light and fresh turkey burger flavored with pesto and feta cheese. A spicy and creamy tzatziki sauce is great spread on the burgers or served on the side for dipping.


4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed pita half)

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 303
Fat 8.8 g
Satfat 2.9 g
Monofat 4.1 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 33 g
Carbohydrate 24.3 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 56 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 595 mg
Calcium 101 mg


1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon minced red onion
2 tablespoons commercial pesto
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 garlic clove, minced
Cooking spray
2 cups arugula
2 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, toasted and halved


1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl; mix until combined. Divide panko mixture into 4 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick oval patty.

2. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty and 1/2 cup arugula in each pita half.

Tzatziki sauce: Combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt; 1/4 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Serve with sliced bell pepper and celery sticks.

Barbara Lauterbach,

Cooking Light

April 2009
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