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This recipe for Greek Turkey Burgers with Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a fun fusion of basic burgers and Greek Spanakopita for a fresh new weeknight meal idea. It’s packed with the flavors of garlic, spinach, pine nuts, and feta!

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It’s very rare that we actually make burgers at home. They usually take the backseat to grilled steak or BBQ chicken. If we’re craving a burger we usually hit up Smashburger (if my hubby is choosing) or Shake Shack (if it’s my turn to pick!).

When we make burgers at home, our go-to is my basic burger recipe (you can’t go wrong with it!). (If you’re interested, it’s 1 1/4 pounds 85% lean ground beef; 1 1/4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce; 1 1/4 teaspoons soy sauce, tamari sauce, or coconut aminos; and 1 1/4 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning.)

But every so often we crave something different. These Greek Turkey Burgers are a fun way to switch up burger night. They’re perfect for a summer BBQ or potluck, but you can cook them on the stovetop all year long.

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Spinach Feta Greek Burgers Recipe

These burgers have all the classic flavors of Spanakopita going on: creamy tanginess from feta, freshness from dill, garlic, spinach (which also bumps up the nutrition!), and nuttiness from toasted pine nuts.

I use an egg white along with almond flour as a binder instead of breadcrumbs, so these are naturally gluten-free and low-carb.

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt – you can use whole fat or low-fat; this is the base of our tzatziki sauce
  • Lemon juice – use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – adds richness and depth of flavor
  • Cucumber – a classic ingredient in tzatziki sauce
  • Garlic – a little bit of fresh garlic bumps up the savory flavor
  • Crumbled feta cheese – for salty, creamy, and rich flavor
  • Dill – you can use fresh or dried dill
  • Black pepper – for seasoning

Greek Turkey Burger Ingredients

  • Extra-virgin olive oil – to saute the spinach
  • Baby spinach – for flavor and nutrition
  • Garlic – use fresh garlic for the best flavor
  • Ground turkey – or you can use ground chicken or lean ground beef if you like
  • Almond flour – this acts as a binder here in place of breadcrumbs; it also bumps up the protein
  • Egg white – helps bind the burgers together
  • Worcestershire sauce – check the label of your Worcestershire sauce if keeping these burgers gluten-free is important because some brands of Worcestershire contain gluten
  • Dill – fresh or dried dill will work
  • Salt and black pepper – these seasonings add flavor
  • Pine nuts – these add nutty crunch
  • Crumbled feta cheese – for salty, creamy, and rich flavor

Topping Ideas for Greek Burgers

  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • Crumbled feta
  • Fresh dill
greek turkey burger patties before cooking

How to Make Greek Turkey Burgers

  1. For the sauce, mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving (or up to 2 days).
  2. For the burgers, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
  3. Add the turkey, cooled spinach, and all remaining burger ingredients to a large bowl and use your hands to gently combine, being careful not to over-mix.
  4. Shape the burgers into 6 or 8 patties, depending how big you want them, and chill in the fridge for an hour (or up to 4 hours). Let the burgers sit at room temperature for 10 minutes right before you cook them.
  5. You can cook these over medium-high heat (about 5 to 7 minutes per side) on an oiled grill or grill pan, but I love using my cast iron skillet on the stovetop because they take on a gorgeous golden color.
  6. Serve the burgers along with the Tzatziki Sauce and any toppings you like.
overhead view of greek burgers with feta and all the fixings on bun with side of tzatziki

How Many Burgers Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes either 6 pretty big burgers, or 8 more normal-sized burgers.

The photos in this post are of the larger burgers, and I have to say, this size is really filling on its own. (Especially using protein-rich binders like almond meal and egg white.)

You probably won’t have much of an appetite left for side dishes if you make them this size, so I recommend making 8 burgers out of this recipe.

Meal Prep

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Leftover burgers are great for meal prep! You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. I like using these Mediterranean burgers to make Greek salads for easy weekday lunches or healthy quick dinners.

Low Carb Greek Burgers

For a lighter low-carb summer meal, serve these burgers on a bed of lettuce. To make it a Greek salad, serve it with:

  • Any leafy greens you like
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • And don’t forget the tzatziki!
mediterranean turkey burger salad bowl

What to Serve with Greek Turkey Burgers

More Recipes That Use Ground Turkey

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Greek Turkey Burgers with Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Other Time1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
This recipe for Greek Turkey Burgers with Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a fun fusion of basic burgers and Greek Spanakopita for a fresh new weeknight meal idea.

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Ingredients
 

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 English cucumber shredded
  • 1 large clove garlic crushed
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese about 1/2 cup crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Spanakopita Turkey Burgers:

Topping Ideas:

  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • Crumbled feta
  • Fresh dill

Serving Suggestions:

  • Toasted buns or a bed of lettuce leaves

Instructions
 

  • For the sauce, mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving (or up to 2 days).
  • For the burgers, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
  • Add the turkey, cooled spinach, and all remaining burger ingredients to a large bowl and use your hands to gently combine, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Shape the burgers into 6 or 8 patties, depending how big you want them, and chill in the fridge for an hour (or up to 4 hours). Let the burgers sit at room temperature for 10 minutes right before you cook them.
  • You can cook these over medium-high heat (about 5 to 7 minutes per side) on an oiled grill or grill pan, but I love using my cast iron skillet on the stovetop because they take on a gorgeous golden color.
  • Serve the burgers along with the Tzatziki Sauce and any toppings you like.

Notes

  • Net Carbs: 6g per serving (1 burger with tzatziki sauce)
  • Nutritional Information:The nutrition information for this recipe was calculated without the topping ideas or serving suggestions.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1777IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: Greek Turkey Burgers, Greek Turkey Burgers Recipe, Mediterranean Turkey Burgers, Turkey Burgers with Feta

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on July 22, 2016. I updated it with more information on July 21, 2023.

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5 Comments

  1. What a fabulous fusion burger, Faith! I’m really intrigued by the almond flour addition.

    We have a restaurant in town called 10 Barrel and they make my favorite “going out” burger. At home, I like them ultra simple, grassfed meat, no bun, plenty of salt and pepper and a slab of melted sharp cheddar on top. :)

  2. Oh yum!!! What a delicious way to make a burger. :-) The sauce especially would be marvelous.

  3. So this turkey version is a great twist on the everyday burger and I like the binder you used here Faith. My favorite burger take out is probably In ‘N Out (animal style!) and my personal home made is one similar to yours here, but made with lamb (on the site). Have a great weekend!

  4. My favorite fast food burger is Five Guys – it’s plain, simple, fresh and flavorful. As for homemade I have two favorites: green chile cheeseburgers (with plain ground beef), and feta-basil turkey burger. I put a lot of effort into other recipes; burgers are a way to have a day off from complexity.

  5. I am outside the US and my favourite burger to go is Buffalo Burger. I prefer making burgers and grilled koftas at home as I can also add “hidden” ingredients to boost the utritional value as you have done here Faith. I will be giving this delicious new recipe a go over the weekend. Thanks for posting it!

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