These Mediterranean Turkey Burgers are seasoned and cooked on the grill or grill pan and then loaded with feta cheese, roasted red peppers, and olives and served on a toasted English muffin.
Mediterranean Turkey Burgers make a delicious lunch or dinner sandwich. I like to serve them with a side of roasted red pepper hummus and fresh cut veggies.
Lately, I have been trying to add variety to our menu by making meals with proteins that I normally don't use. My dad loves turkey burgers. So, when thinking about making this Mediterranean style burger, I thought turkey would work well with the flavor profile I was aiming to acheive.
We also enjoy Mediterranean style food often. One of our favorites is Falafel with Tahnini Sauce. So, this Mediterranean Turkey Burger is another recipe to add to our rotation of tasty meals.
*Note that the complete ingredient list and instructions are in the recipe card below.
Ground Turkey. I choose turkey because it is a milder flavor than beef and I feel it absorbs the type of flavors I wanted to add to it well. I recommend a ground turkey that is both white and dark meat. The fat will help to keep moisture in the burger.
Zaatar is a spice that you can make your own Zaatar recipe, or you may be able to find it premade in the store.
Feta Cheese is a salty cheese usually made from goat's milk. It can be found in the specialty cheese section of the grocery store.
Kalamata Olives add a briny flavor to the burger.
Roasted Red Peppers. You can buy them or you can make your own Roasted Red Peppers.
English Muffins were the chosen vessel to sandwich this Mediterranean Turkey Burger with. I like toasting them until nice and golden brown first.
Arugula is a green that has a peppery flavor to it and goes well with the flavors of this burger.
- Gently mix the spices, salt, and pepper into the ground turkey until combined.
- Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into patties. Make an indent in the center of the burger to allow for even cooking.
- Cook the burgers on a hot grill or grill pan for 5 minutes or until lightly charred.
- Flip the burgers and immediately divide the feta cheese into 4 equal portions and top the burger whil it is still on the grill.
- Continue to cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
- Toast the English muffin until golden.
- Place the cooked turkey burger on the bottom half of the toasted English muffin. Top with olives and roasted red peppers. Cover with the top half of the english muffin.
💭 Top Tips:
- If the turkey meat is too sticky to handle, dampen your hands with water. This will allow the turkey to take shape and not stick to your hands.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the burger. It should be 165 degrees.
- Don't overcook the turkey meat as it will dry it out.
- Substitute the Feta cheese with goat cheese, halloumi, or cojita cheese.
- Substitute baby spinach, romaine, or fresh cilantro for the arugula.
- Skip the Zaatar and add ¼ cup of finely diced onion, ½ teaspoon each of oregano, basil and thyme.
- Serve the Mediterranean Turkey Burger on a homemade hamburger bun instead of an English muffin.
- Stuff the burger in a pita pocket and add some red onion and sliced cucumber. Top with a Tzatziki sauce.
- Leave out the zaatar, salt, and pepper, and mix in ¼ of basil pesto in the ground turkey.
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Mediterranean Turkey Burger
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- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon Zaatar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
- 2 cups arugula
- 4 english muffins split and toasted
- ½ cup roasted red peppers chopped
- ½ cup kalamata or green olives chopped
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground turkey, zaátar, salt, and pepper. Form the meat into 4 patties using your thumb to make an indent in the center of each patty.
- Grill the burgers on a hot grill or grill pan for 5 minutes, or until lightly charred. Flip the burgers and immediately place the feta cheese on the burgers. Cook for 5 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- Remove from the grill and set aside. Toast the english muffins and top the bottom half of each muffin with the arugula. Top with the burgers and then add the peppers and olives and the other half of the english muffin.