Easy, juicy Mediterranean turkey burgers

Easy, juicy Mediterranean turkey burgers

Photo and text by Panos Diotis and Mirella Kaloglou.

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Everybody likes a good burger. We're all for it, but sometimes you want to cut back on saturated fat or you just want to have something different. This doesn't mean that you have to compromise on the flavor. In such cases, go ahead and try our simple, delicious Mediterranean turkey burgers!

Little Cooking Tips Easy, juicy Mediterranean turkey burgers

First, it's important to choose the proper turkey cut for the burgers. Make sure you choose a cut that has more red meat and it's a bit more fatty, like turkey thighs. Turkey thigh meat is in our opinion THE best part for making burgers. So, choose ground turkey made from this cut. If you buy prepackaged ground turkey, it will either be mentioned on the package itself, or you can verify it from the darker color, in comparison to e.g. breast meat, which is pinker, closer to chicken.

Why are those Mediterranean? Well, we used the classic ingredients that are found in many Mediterranean countries in their ground meat recipes (when making kebabs, meatballs etc): dry oregano (try to find Greek or Italian), mint, onion, garlic and egg. In our opinion, that's a combination that simply cannot fail.

Little Cooking Tips Easy, juicy Mediterranean turkey burgers

Those burgers are juicy, tasty, are perfect for your BBQs, and also very popular among children. You can either serve them with a simple salad if you're cutting back on calories, or you can go ahead and serve those in burger buns with French fries or mashed potatoes. It's up to you :)

So let’s start preparing the burgers!




Little Cooking Tips Easy, juicy Mediterranean turkey burgers

- 350gr/12.5oz/0.8lbs ground turkey (preferably turkey thigh)

- 1/2 egg white, beaten

- 60gr/2oz (1 small) onion, finely chopped

- 1 garlic clove, minced

- 1 teaspoon dry oregano

- 5-6 large fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)

- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

- salt, pepper



Little Cooking Tips Easy, juicy Mediterranean turkey burgers

- 4 medium sized burger buns

- 1 medium sized tomato (250gr/8.8oz/0.55lbs), sliced

- 1-2 Romaine lettuce leaves, coarsely chopped

- 1 small red onion (60gr/2oz), thinly sliced

- 4 tablespoons yellow mustard

- 6 tablespoons mayonnaise

- 4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish (optional)

- salt, pepper



Whisk the half egg white until the foam formed starts to thicken.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl using your hands. Cover with film and put in the refrigerator for a minimum of 40 minutes.

Remove from the refrigerator, divide the mix in 4 pieces and form 4 patties.

At this point you can:

1. Cook the burgers in an lightly greased non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes; reduce heat to medium, flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Do not overcrowd your skillet, add only 2 patties at a time.

2. Grill the patties in your bbq or your oven (180 degrees Celsius/360 Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes).

When the burgers are done, wrap them in foil and let them rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.


Toast the cut sides of the burger buns in the skillet (you can also use your oven broiler).

Spread 1,5 tablespoon of mayonnaise on each bun bottom and 1 teaspoon of sweet pickle relish (if desired) on top of that.

Add the turkey burger. Add a tomato slice. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Add some lettuce.

Spread 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard on the top bun and cover.

Serve with a salad and/or French fries. Kali oreksi!



1. If your mix in the bowl is watery (depends very much on the ground turkey meat), add 1-2 tablespoons of bread crumbs to absorb this extra moisture.

2. You can also add 1 tablespoon of spicy mustard in the ground turkey mix for a different taste.


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