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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Greek Turkey Burgers

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Bear with me, I intend to get a Kennebunkport/Boston foodie recap up in the next few days, but we're still trying to get settled back into normal life. While you wait, enjoy this recipe for Greek Turkey burgers!

I've heard several people complain that turkey burgers are just "meh", lacking flavor and moisture. I'm convinced that these people just haven't made their turkey burgers correctly, or that they're buying frozen ones from Walmart (true story: I bought a huge box of them in college, only to eat maybe two and let the rest sit in the back of the freezer for the rest of the semester). Since then, I've discovered that turkey burgers are excellent when spiced up a bit.

Need some examples? How about goat cheese-stuffed burgers with red pepper relish? Or thai-flavored turkey burgers? Apple cheddar turkey burgers, anyone? If none of this suit your fancy, maybe these Greek Turkey Burgers will.

This recipe's all Ryan. He made these a few weeks ago after I'd completed a 22-mile marathon training run and I was more concerned with icing my knees and hobbling around like a grandma than cooking that night. Bless the boy--he biked in the rain alongside of me that morning AND made me dinner. A winner, for sure!

Greek Turkey Burgers
-1 lb ground turkey
-1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
-1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
-1/4 cup feta cheese
-1 tsp dried parsley flakes
-1/2 tsp celery seed
-salt and pepper

1. In a large bowl, mix above ingredients until well combined.
2. Form into four equally-sized patties. Cook on an outdoor grill (this is what we did) or on an indoor grill pan over medium high heat, flipping after 4-6 minutes.
3. Once cooked through, remove from grill and place on buns of choice. Top with fresh spinach leaves.