Thursday, October 21, 2010

Greek Turkey Burgers

I personally think that a good gyro is hard to beat.  But, on a weeknight, when I'm pressed for time, and I need to satisfy a Greek craving, these turkey burgers are hard to beat.  They come together so quickly and when paired with homemade pita bread, they hit the spot!

Greek Turkey Burgers
Source:  Main Dishes from The Pampered Chef

1/4 cup + 2 tbl. onion, finely chopped, divided
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 container (8 oz.) plain yogurt, divided
1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
6 pita rounds
6 lettuce leaves

For burgers, combine 1/4 cup chopped onion, ground turkey, 1/4 cup of yogurt, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, 3/4 tsp. oregano, salt and pepper; mix lightly with a fork.

For sauce, stir remaining 2 tbl. onion, and 1/4 tsp. oregano into the remaining yogurt; set aside.

Form turkey mixture into 6 oval patties (1/3 cup each).  Lightly drizzle olive oil into a large skillet and heat over medium heat until hot.  Cook patties 10-12 minutes or until meat is no longer pink in center, turning once.

To assemble, cut open pita bread to reveal the pocket.  Fill each pita with a turkey burger, lettuce, tomato slices, cucumber slices, and top with reserved yogurt sauce.

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