I don’t know about you, but every time my windows are open and I get a whiff of that glorious grill smell from one of my 2,695,597 Chicago neighbors, I’m guaranteed to spend the remainder of the day majorly craving a big fat burger. (Sorry, veggie friends!) However, since I don’t want to be a big fat anything, especially during bathing suit season, I save the burgers for special occasions. Our mama happens to make the best burgers in the world, so it’s worth waiting for. Or, you know, that one I ate last night after a few Corona Lights at a friend’s pool. Summer Sunday night totally = special occasion, right? 🙂
I feel like a lot of flavor can make up for a lack of finger-licking grease pretty darn well, so I make some version of turkey burgers just about once a week with various combinations of spices and add-ins. Last week, I made turkey burgers with reduced-fat feta mixed in, topped them with green olive tapenade and served with arugula and tomato salad. They were pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, so I thought I’d share.
Fancy cell phone photo via moi
Turkey & Feta Burgers
Makes 4 huge or 6 normal sized burgers
- 1 package of ground turkey (I use 93/7 – but do 99/1 if you’re feeling extra healthy!)
- 4 oz. crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
- ½ cup finely diced onion
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- Green olive tapenade (optional)
- Combine all ingredients, mix with your hands. Form into patties. Grill over medium heat until cooked through.
- Top with green olive tapenade if you’re into that kind of thing.