Grilled Turkey Burgers with Yogurt-Based Sauce

5 years ago

Barbecuing is one of our family's favorite summertime activities. Just imagine...listening to burgers sizzle while sitting by the pool with the kids splishing and splashing, while you sip on a cold cocktail. It doesn't get much better, does it?

Burgers, hot dogs, ribs and steaks are the usual grilling suspects, but often pack a bunch of unnecessary calories. One option to lighten your burgers is to substitute ground turkey for ground beef.


I would recommend using white turkey meat instead of dark meat. Those dark turkey morsels have more fat and calories. However, the dark meat is, higher in iron and will make a juicier burger, so if you are craving that, go for it...but maybe cut back on the sauce and non-vegetable garnishes.

When deciding what toppings to choose, you might consider mayonnaise. But have you heard of substituting Greek yogurt instead? I think Greek yogurt is...dare I say it...a better contender to sauce that burger! It's full of protein, comes in a non-fat version, is just as delicious as mayo (if not more), and is so easy to adapt to your family's favorite flavors.

I've created lots of yummy sauces based on Greek yogurt: smoky, chipotle-based dressing for a Southwestern quinoa wrap; cucumber-herb tzatziki sauce; and a garlicky sauce I made for chicken shawarma. Any of them would be great on this burger—or try your own combinations. Mayo fans, you will not miss your favorite condiment when you try this delicious substitute!

Grilled Turkey Burgers

Recipe adapted by Epicurean Mom
Yields 4-6 turkey patties

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1.5 lbs lean ground white turkey
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

4 Burger buns
White cheddar cheese
Butter lettuce
Tomato, sliced
Red onion, sliced
Avocado, sliced
Any of the sauce recipes mentioned above


Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium/medium-low heat and add the sliced onions, cook until soft and translucent, about five to seven minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring continuously, until fragrant, about one minute. Set aside to cool completely.

Preheat grill on medium heat. Combine cooled onion mixture, ground turkey, basil, Worcester, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and stir until well combined. Form four patties and set aside until ready to use.

Turn grill to high heat, and clean and oil grill. Place patties on hottest part of grill, and sear on both sides for about two minutes. Move patties to coolest part of grill (turn heat down if needed) and cook an additional 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

Assemble the turkey burgers with garnishes and slather sauce over the buns. Serve!

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