Saturday, September 7, 2019

Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce #Recipe @PegCochran

Here is another low calorie/low WW points recipe for you (are you sick of them yet?)  But we all need a light meal occasionally, right?  Then you are at liberty to enjoy a delicious fruit tart or piece of cake or bowl of ice cream for dessert (lots of great dessert recipes here on MLK!)

We eat a lot of turkey burgers since we try to keep red meat to once a week and that's usually a steak on Saturday nights.  I am always happy to find a way to "jazz" them up a bit and this recipe fits the bill.  I don't think there's much of anything authentically Greek about it except the tzatziki sauce! (Do they have turkeys in Greece?)

This recipe is adapted quite a bit from one I found online.  It's quick, easy and very tasty!

1 lb. lean ground turkey breast
 1 small zucchini, shredded
½ small onion, minced
1 TBS chopped cilantro
1 tsp. Greek seasoning (or seasoning of your choice)
 1 tsp. vegetable or olive oil

Tzatziki Sauce:
1 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled and grated finely diced or sliced seeded peeled cucumber
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp. salt or to taste

Combine turkey, shredded zucchini, minced onion, cilantro, and Greek seasoning.     

Shredded zucchini in food processor

Found in most supermarkets

Form into four large patties or several smaller ones.

Heat a grill to medium high and cook burgers approximately five minutes per side, depending on size and thickness.  Or, spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and cook five to six minutes per side.

Mix yogurt, cucumber, garlic clove and salt and let sit while grill heats and burgers cooks.  The longer it sits the better the flavor so it can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator.
Serve with toasted pita bread if desired and tzatziki sauce and lettuce and tomatoes in the pita or on the side with dressing.

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  1. I have tzatziki sauce on the brain too this week Peg. You didn't pretreat the cukes with salt to wring out the water?

    1. No, I just squeezed out the water after they'd been grated. I put them in a small strainer and pressed down with a spoon until most of the water came out.

  2. Please keep those WW friendly recipes coming!!!!! Your fellow WW's need the inspiration. I add shredded zucchini to ground turkey whenever I make burgers.....makes all the difference in the world. Need to try the tzatziki sauce.

  3. What are the ingredients in your "Greek" seasoning?

    1. The ingredients include oregano, garlic, onion and other spices that aren't listed.

    2. Ah, mystery spices. Love it.

  4. I'm so glad I read this today, to add more ingredients to my grocery list! I love any excuse to eat tzatziki, and I'd forgotten about adding shredded zukes to the turkey! Zuchinni happens to be on sale this week. Thanks for the inspiration, Peg!