Mediterranean Turkey Burger

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This Mediterranean Turkey Burger is so juicy and full of bold flavor you’ll soon forget all about your previous love affair with red meat burgers. 

Recently, when Natalie and I whipped up this  Mediterranean Turkey Burger we found ourselves experiences one of our biggest culinary surprises in a long time. We were so shocked at how juicy and tender this dish turned out! I’m happy to announce that this recipe produced the best tasting turkey burger I have personally ever tasted, and after reading this post you’ll have no excuse not to whip it up in your kitchen, as well. But first, let’s clear the air...


This Mediterranean Turkey Burger is so juicy and full of bold flavor you’ll soon forget all about your previous love affair with red meat burgers.

Are Mediterranean turkey burgers good for you?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- The Modern Proper is not a health food blog. However, we do try our best to create seasonal, healthy-ish and most importantly, delicious food to share with you all. This Mediterranean Turkey Burger easily fits into the aforementioned criteria, and for all of its health benefits, perhaps it’s most important trait is that it’s so good you’ll forget it’s actually good for you, too.

We’ve added lots of ingredients into this juicy burger to up its health benefits, such as: 

Lean turkey vs. red meat

Fresh veggies and herbs

A delicious, protein-filled sauce 

Mediterranean Turkey Burger

How do you make turkey burgers juicy?

We took a chance with this one and went with our gut. We left out the egg and bread crumbs in favor of 93% lean turkey meat. That 7% fat is the key to making this the juiciest turkey burger you’ve ever had. If you are looking for an even lower calorie dish, we recommend wrapping your burger in lettuce. Skipping the bun in favor of the 7% fat content will be the best flavor decision you’ve ever made. Trust us on this one! 

The other must for moist turkey burgers is to cook the meat after it has reached room temperature, which is accomplished by setting the meat out of the fridge 30 minutes ahead of time. For this of you who may think of this step as unnecessary, I promise you won’t regret it. It really does make a difference. (According to the USDA it is safe to leave raw meat out for up to 2 hours, so no worries there!) 

What seasoning is best to put on Mediterranean Turkey Burgers?

To the meat we added our own turkey burger seasoning (A hard pass on all of that processed packaged junk.) We mixed oregano, cloves of garlic, grated onion, salt, pepper, cumin, and fresh chopped flat leaf parsley for the perfect seasoning bland to really make these burgers burst with flavor.  

Mediterranean Turkey Burger

How to make turkey burgers on the stove:

While you are welcome to use a grill (which we are big fans of) for this recipe, we chose to cook this moist turkey burger in a pan on the stove. It was great practice to perfect our indoor burger making skills so that we can eat the best Mediterranean turkey burgers indoors all year long! 

Use a hot cast iron pan for a nice crusty sear!  

Make the patties as uniform as possible. They won’t puff up in the middle as much as on the grill, so the indentation in the center isn’t necessary. 

If you want moist turkey burgers then you’ll want to salt the outside of the patties just before cooking them. Salting too early can compromise your burger’s juiciness. 

Mediterranean Turkey Burger

If you are looking for accompaniments to this Mediterranean Turkey Burger then we have got you covered!

You can never go wrong with a Classic Creamy Hummus.

Cucumber Salad is this Mediterranean Turkey Burger’s new BFF.

 Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower with Herb Whipped Feta would make a perfect side to this juicy burger.

When you decide to give these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers a try, we’d love to hear about it! Be sure to snap a photo, add it to your Instagram feed or stories, and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Also feel free to leave a comment on this post and be sure to tell your friends where you discovered the recipe.  

Mediterranean Turkey Burger

Serves 6

Turkey Patties

2 lbs ground turkey
2 tsp oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, grated
¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt
½ english cucumber, grated
1 tbsp dried dill or 2 tbsp fresh dill
2 tsp za’atar, optional
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Burger

6 Romaine lettuce leaves
2 tomatoes, sliced
4 oz feta, crumbled
6 hamburger buns, toasted
1 cup tzatziki sauce

Method

  1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the tzatziki sauce. Cover and place in the fridge for a 1 hour to allow flavors to meld (optional).
  2. To make the burger patties, mix the ground turkey, oregano, garlic, onion, parsley, cumin, pepper and salt in a bowl with your hands until fully combined. Divide the mixture into 6 evenly sized burger patties, slightly larger than the hamburger buns.
  3. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet set over medium heat. Season the outside of the patties with a little sprinkle of salt. Cook the patty for 4 minutes on each side. Use a food thermometer to be sure they have reached a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F.
  4. To assemble the burgers, layer them with tzatziki sauce, the patty, tomato, lettuce more tzatziki sauce and feta. Enjoy.