Greek-inspired turkey burgers are grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy garlic and dill tzatziki sauce. Protein packed and exploding with flavor, these grilled turkey burgers are a healthy addition to any BBQ.
Let’s take a look at the key ingredients in Greek cuisine: lemon, garlic, yogurt, olive oil, kalamata olives. You really can’t get any closer to Middle Eastern food now can you? It’s any wonder I love cooking Greek food at home.
Add to that the fact that we grew up traveling to Greektown, Chicago several times a year and you’ve got yourself one Greek food-obsessed gal. From Greek Grilled Vegetables to Lightened Greek Egg Lemon Soup (Avgolemono) to Greek Stuffed Chicken Breasts and more, I just can’t quit Greek food.
With grilling season in full swing, I decided to create a Greek-inspired grilled turkey burger topped with Greek Tzatziki Sauce.
The cool, creamy, garlic and dill yogurt sauce is the ultimate topping for my juicy turkey burgers blended with dried oregano and fresh garlic.
How To Make Turkey Burgers
To make these turkey burgers, I start with ground turkey breast which I combine in a large bowl with salt, pepper, dried oregano and grated, fresh garlic. Feel free to add a little cayenne for a pinch of heat.
Next, drizzle a little olive oil on each burger before grilling over high heat roughly 3-4 minutes per side, rotating and flipping once.
Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce
Begin making the tzatziki sauce while the burgers are grilling. Mince cucumbers and combine in a medium bowl with plain, whole milk yogurt, fresh dill and garlic.
We love fresh dill so we add quite a bit but feel free to dial it up or down depending on preference.
What’s great about tzatziki is that the flavor enhances over time as it sits. Feel free to prep this sauce a day or two in advance.
To serve, place the turkey burgers in between two buns and top with the tzatziki sauce. We love adding thinly sliced tomatoes and red onions as well but feel free to use any of your favorite burger toppings.
A final note about my Greek Turkey Burgers: you may wish to make extra tzatziki sauce! It’s the perfect protein-packed dip for raw vegetables or pita chips and also tastes great drizzled over grilled salmon and more. Or you can simply eat the entire bowl with a spoon like I have many times. No judgement here.
No forks required.
Greek Turkey Burgers with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
- Pre-heat grill to high heat. Pour olive oil on a large plate; set aside.
- Prepare Greek Tzatziki Sauce with Garlic and Dill and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, use hands to mix together ground turkey, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Divide mixture into four and form meat into six-ounce patties.
- Place patties on the plate with olive oil and flip once so that both sides are coated in oil.
- Grill burgers over high heat until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Serve burgers in a split bun topped with spinach, tomato slices and plenty of tzatziki sauce.