December 8, 2014

Greek Burgers w. Tzatziki

Greek  Burger 2

In my opinion, Tzatziki is one of the best sauces ever… especially this recipe.  If you’re reading that word & wondering what the heck ‘tzatziki’ is, it’s a Greek sauce typically served over meat or as a vegetable dip.

A couple years back, I took a classic family recipe from and brightened it up with lemon and fresh herbs.  Since eating tzatziki out of the bowl with a spoon is probably frowned upon, I make Greek inspired turkey burgers to go with it.   The burgers are almost as amazing as the sauce, but it’s definitely all about the tzatziki!

The Tips

The Recipes

Cucumber Tzatziki



Tzatziki Sauce
Yields 4
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  1. 1/2 English cucumber, skin on
  2. 1, 6 oz. container plain Greek yogurt (I use fat free to stay on the lighter side)
  3. 1/4 cup light sour cream
  4. Zest of 1 lemon
  5. Juice from 1/2 lemon
  6. 1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped
  7. 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste (first tip, above)
  8. Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Line a small colander with paper towel and set aside.
  2. Using a cheese grater, grate the cucumber and place into the prepared colander. Let sit for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the sauce.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, dill, garlic paste, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Wrap the cucumber in the paper towel and squeeze as much moisture as you can from the cucumber. Add the dried cucumber to the tzatziki mixture and combine.
  5. Serve as a topping to your burger or as a dip to fresh cut vegetables.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
Lana del Crave
  Greek Burger 1

Greek  Burger 2

Greek Burgers
Yields 4
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  1. 1 lb. ground chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb.  I use chicken or turkey to keep this dish light but tzatziki goes with everything!
  2. 1/2 yellow onion, grated with a cheese grater
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste (first tip, above)
  4. 2 teaspoons dill, finely chopped
  5. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. Salt & pepper to taste
  7. Whole wheat buns
  8. Fresh sliced tomato
  9. Fresh sliced cucumber
  1. Heat your grill, grill pan, or pan atop the stove.
  2. In a large bowl add the meat, onion, garlic paste, dill, oregano, salt & pepper. Using your fingers, mix until just combined.
  3. Form the burgers - including creating the well in the middle of the patty to keep them from plumping while cooking (last 'tip', above).
  4. Spray your grill, grill pan, or pan with non-stick spray of your choice and cook to your desired temperature. Note: Chicken and turkey should be 100% cooked until completely white in the center. As I typically use chicken or turkey, I grill the patties until they're cooked about halfway up the first side before flipping to cook the second side. To make for a moist burger, I flip the patties only once and never press down on them!
  5. Serve with or without a bun, a heaping pile of tzatziki sauce, fresh sliced tomato and/or cucumber.
Lana del Crave

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