On the very last night of winter (it doesn’t mean it won’t snow anymore, but cross your fingers for me, will you?), we had some friends over for dinner. We wanted to make something fresh, fast, and festive. What better way to celebrate the change of seasons and the love of good friends than with big, juicy, succulent burgers? But because someone (ahem, yours truly) doesn’t eat red meat, we needed to do something a little different. Hence, the Greek Turkey Burger was created.
It’s incredibly simple, but oh-so-incredibly scrumptious.
The ingredients are pretty standard for this fusion burger. Lean ground turkey, onion, feta, pepperoncini, pitted kalamata olives, olive oil and some spices. Since we were going the healthy (but delicious!) route, we served these babies with grilled sweet potatoes.
Here’s an extra perk: you can prepare this dish ahead of time so that you can really relax and enjoy the evening. Prepare the patties as directed, but instead of grilling them immediately, place them in a lightly sprayed, sealed tupperware. They can hang out in the fridge while you peel and parboil the sweet potatoes. When you’re ready to eat, slice and season the potatoes. Grill the Greek turkey burgers and the sweet potatoes until you are salivating. You’ll be ready to eat in a mere 15 minutes.
What else, you may ask? Some white wine for the table, some amazing friends, and of course, a few thousand laughs. Plus, since I’m the cook, I give you permission to eat these great Greek turkey burgers and sweet potato fries and laugh with your mouth full.
Greek Burgers (serves 6)
- 1.5 lbs lean ground turkey
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped into quarters
- 1 cup pitted kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup pepperoncini (add more if you like things a little bit spicier)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped + 6 slices feta cheese
- In a small food processor, combine olives, onion, garlic, pepperoncini, olive oil, spices, salt and pepper, and 1/4 cup chopped feta cheese. Mince until smooth.
- In a large bowl, combine “tapenade” and turkey meat.
- Form burgers by dividing meat into 6 round patties.
- Cover with plastic wrap until ready to grill; place in fridge.
- Grill burgers (about 7 minutes per side); top with feta cheese when the patties have been flipped once.
Sweet Potato Fries: (serves 6)
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- Salt and pepper
- Old Bay to taste (we used 2 tablespoons)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Peel potatoes.
- Parboil potatoes in pot with boiling salted water, about 10 minutes (Note: These will continue to cook on the grill, so do NOT overcook them in the boiling water).
- Remove potatoes from pot and allow to cool slightly.
- Slice potatoes in thick wedges.
- In a large bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper, and Old Bay.
- Grill 3 minutes each side on a very hot grill; serve immediately.