Worknight Dinners: Feta-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

by Maris Callahan on May 24, 2009

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Even though it’s been years since I’ve had an extended summer vacation – three months void of jobs, schedules or responsibility – there is something about warm weather, sunglasses and the coconutty smell of suntan lotion that lifts my spirits. I like seeing toddlers wearing cute little Bermuda shorts and love stepping out my front door without a jacket. I like flip-flops, the smell of freshly-cut grass and hearing the Good Humor truck’s jingle when it circles my block.

There are a lot of nice things about Manhattan in the summertime. The weekends are quieter and wait lists at restaurants are shorter. The city isn’t as frenetic and there’s even time for a post-work frozen margarita on a hot July day or a glass of Prosecco at a sidewalk cafe. However the one thing that I miss about summer in the city is the ease of coming home from work and having a grill on which to cook dinner.

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When I lived at my parents’ house in the suburbs, I was always good for a vote towards an evening meal consistening of grilled salmon and vegetables or juicy chicken breasts slathered in tangy barbecue sauce. When it’s eighty-bajillion degrees out and the last thing you feel like doing is turning on the oven, a grill is certainly a nice tool to have at your disposal.

Even though there’s no room for a grill on my tiny balcony, I still do my best to recreate summer dinners reminiscent of laid-back cookouts. Grilling is a fast, easy and low-fat way to get dinner on the table – especially when the sweltering heat is convincing you to do anything but cook. Whether you’re grilling on a George Foreman (as I’ve been known to do on occasion) or a Weber Summit, these turkey burgers, a recipe I adapted from a Weight Watchers cookbook, would be delicious – especially if you can make them in the backyard and eat them from a paper plate alongside a healthy serving of potato salad and fresh corn-on-the-cob.

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Feta-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

I’ve made these on a gas grill, a George Foreman grill and under the broiler. Though the former offered the best texture and juiciest burger but any of the cooking methods are tasty and simple.

1 pound(s) uncooked ground turkey (I used 99% lean)
1 tbsp fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. of dried)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
7 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
4 large leaves of red leaf or romaine lettuce
Red onion (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat cooking implement (grill or grill pan, broiler). In a medium bowl, combine turkey, oregano, garlic powder and feta; divide mixture into four balls and then press them gently into patties.

2. Grill or broil patties until internal temperature of burgers reaches 165°F, about 7 to 8 minutes per side.

3. Serve each burger on a whole wheat roll or bun with lettuce and red onion.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Cederash May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Спасибо за статью, всегда рад почитать вас!

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daryl May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

From whom are those beautiful roses!?

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Leslie May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

I will trade you my grill for a week if I can come live in the City for the week!!!!

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Kalyn May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Sounds like something I’d absolutely love!
I’m also wondering if you’ve seen those mini-gas grills where a small propane cylinder just screws on? They’re made for camping, but would be perfect for grilling on a small balcony. That’s the only kind of grill I had for years and years, and I grilled a lot of very good food on it. In those days they cost about $20, although no doubt that has gone up, but the little propane cylinders are still pretty cheap!

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ksgoodeats May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Ahh you make summer in the city sound amazing!
I love me some feta! I’m the only one in my family who likes it!

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Paula May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Oh wow, those burgers look so delicious!

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Sunny May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love your cute little balcony!!

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Kerstin May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Love the feta in your turkey burgers – yum! I miss being able to grill too.

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Pearl May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

oh delish!

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Shani May 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Yum. Going to have to try that one out very soon!

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Erin May 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

YUM! I love turkey burgers.

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Sophie May 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

MMMM…Maris: that looks so lovely but I never had any turkey burger before,…So I want to try them with this beauty of a recipe!

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applec May 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

That looks like a great recipe. Great photos.

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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) May 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

How about a cast-iron hibachi for the balcony? You’d have plenty of room, and you could make 4 burgers at one time. I’m completely addicted to grilling outdoors all year round.

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Kate May 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

My grill is my BFF in the summertime. Those burgers look yummy! I use turkey all the time instead of beef, and we stuff them with minced mushroom, pepper, spinach. Lots of good vegetables which provide moisture when they cook and release their juices. Burgers make my little carnivore very happy.

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Sara May 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

This looks delicious! I make a similar recipe, but it also includes frozen spinach in the burgers.

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grace May 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

i do believe these burgers would cause me to enjoy feta for the very first time. :)

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Katie K May 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love turkey burgers! No one can ever understand my love for them… and stuffed just makes them even more loveable.

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Jenn May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

Omg,that looks amazing!! P.S. Happy Blogaversary!

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Food Hunter May 29, 2009 at 3:00 am

Feta turkey burgers sound so good right now.

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E.P. June 2, 2009 at 3:00 am

Yum! Feta-stuffed turkey burgers are one of my favorite summery meals. So easy, delicious and healthy(ish)!

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fioricet online November 12, 2009 at 3:56 am

This burger is really healthy turkey is one of my favorite.

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