Monday, February 18, 2008

Greek-Style Turkey Burgers

I've made this with different kinds of ground turkey. It didn't taste as good when I used the lower fat, lighter turkey. The one that seemed to work best for me was the kind that just comes in the 1 lb tube (80/20 I believe).

The Greek salsa that you put on top tastes amazingly similar to what they put on top of falafels in Jerusalem. I LOVE it!

· 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
· 1 egg white, slightly beaten
· 1 tablespoon milk
· 1 package Italian dressing mix
· 1 pound ground turkey
· 4 pita bread rounds, or 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
· 1 recipe Greek Salsa
· crumbled feta cheese


1. In a medium bowl stir together bread crumbs, egg, milk, ½ package Italian dressing mix . Add turkey; mix well. Shape turkey mixture into four 6-inch-long by 1/2-inch-thick oval patties or four 1/2-inch-thick round patties.

2. Place patties on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 11 to 13 minutes or until no longer pink (165 degrees F), turning once halfway through broiling time.
( I have to cook them a bit longer than this to get them cooked all the way through)

3. Serve the burgers in pita bread rounds. Top with Greek Salsa and sprinkle with feta cheese. Makes 4 servings.
(these kind of thicken as they cook, so I cut them in half and put them on the pita. Or, just make sure you flatten them pretty good when you shape them into patties)

Greek Salsa: In a small bowl stir together 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and and the other half of the Italian dressing mix. Stir in 1 cup finely chopped tomato, 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber, and 1/4 cup finely chopped, pitted kalamata or ripe olives. Makes about 1-1/3 cups.
(I used another T of vinegar, a T or two of water, and less olives in mine)

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