Contest-Winning Greek Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Contest-Winning Greek Turkey Burgers Recipe

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I pared down the recipe for these mouthwatering burgers after it was given to me by a dear friend. Cumin and cayenne pepper add to the turkey’s wonderful taste. –Marianne Shira of Osceola, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 6 slices tomato
  • 6 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 burger equals 316 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 586 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 33 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch 1 vegetable 1 fat.


  1. For cucumber sauce, in a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the onion, green pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  3. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  4. Place cucumber and tomato slices on buns; top each bun with a burger and about 2 tablespoons cucumber sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Greek Turkey Burgers in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p43

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This was very easy to make and was also very good."

Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"reminded me of the chicken burgers we ate in Cyprus, very fresh"

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