Burgers are something all of us can enjoy and sometimes it’s fun to change them up a bit with flavors from other countries. Greek ingredients like yogurt, thyme and oregano, and cucumbers are readily available, and are often mixed together to form a sauce called Tzatziki. Many of us are very familiar with it as a dip, or spooned over grilled chicken or fish, but have you ever enjoyed it over the top of a burger?
Turkey burgers are lighter in flavor than beef, and with a few added spices, become apart of a tasty Greek inspired meal. Ground turkey burgers are juicier if you use dark meat, instead of light meat, but you can always mix a bit of both together, to form a great balance.
Lettuce wraps are definitely a thing of the summer, instead of using a bun. The crisp lettuce leaves gently wrap a mini burger, and hold the entire thing together, just like a bun, yet offer a refreshing crunch, along with the other condiments like diced tomatoes, red onion and a spoonful of Tzatziki. Trust me, this will be one burger experience you will want to eat over and over again this summer.
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber – peeled, seeds removed and diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch of salt & pepper
1 pound dark meat ground turkey, or combo of light and dark
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves or 2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
16 Gem or Butter lettuce leaves
1 tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced
olive oil for cooking
- In a small bowl, combine all Tzatziki ingredients. Stir and set aside.
- In another bowl, combine ground turkey, oregano, onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Using your hands, gently form into eight mini patties and place on a plate.
- In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place patties in pan to cook on first side for 3 minutes, flip and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Place washed lettuce leaves on a plate – stacking 2 leaves inside each other to have 8 wraps in total.
- Place burger patties on each lettuce wrap and top with a spoonful of tomatoes, onions and Tzatziki. Enjoy!