Spiced Turkey Brugers with Roasted Red Pepper & Feta

I make Turkey Burgers all the time.  But, listen!  These ones have jumped to the top of my favorite list (at least for the moment & we’ll have to see if other variations can beat it out).  The spices in this rendition make these so darn tasty.  The flavors are AMAZING!  I’ve been looking for the “perfect” burger to put that Tzatziki on, and this totally hit the spot.  I whipped this up in NO time.  Beau & I headed up the canyon with some friends and we grilled these up to perfection.  Everyone loved them and, to be honest, I was so pleased that I had leftover meat so that I could enjoy another one the very next day for lunch!  If you do not have roasted red peppers (usually sold in a jar at the grocery store), you can substitute with chopped, red bell pepper.  I’m sure it’ll still taste divine.  You must make these this summer.  Or, just pop by my house and maybe I’ll let you try them because I’m sure they’ll consistently make my summer menu again and again!  (By the way . . . we ate these on my homemade wheat burger buns.  They chalk up to be about 159 calories each.  They are, by far, my favorite burger bun.  If you are interested in having the burger bun posted, leave a comment and I’ll throw it up on the blog soon so you can enjoy them all summer long.)

Spiced Turkey Burgers with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta
Adapted from Pinch My Salt

2 medium cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 teaspoons cayenne
1/3 cup crumbled feta (about 2 ounces)
1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper
Tzatziki (For Topping)

Make a paste with the garlic and kosher salt: On a cutting board, sprinkle smashed and peeled garlic cloves with the salt. Mince the garlic and salt together then smear and mash to a paste using the flat side of a chef’s knife.  Alternatively, you can mash the garlic and salt to a paste using a mortar and pestle.  If neither of those methods work for you, just press or chop the garlic finely and stir together with the salt.

Gently break the ground turkey into pieces in a large bowl then mix the garlic paste, cilantro, dill, olive oil, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, feta, and red pepper into the ground turkey. Shape the meat into 6 equal 1-inch-thick patties. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours.

While the burgers are chilling, prepare a charcoal or gas grill. Grill the burgers, covered with vents open, over direct medium heat until nicely marked and just cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted in a burger should read 165°F), about 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Top burgers with Tzatziki and serve wrapped in lettuce, your favorite bun, or flatbread.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Burger, No Tzatziki, No Bun)
Calories:  205.7
Protein:  25.3g
Carbs:  1.2g
Fat:  11.8g (3.7 = Sat.)
Fiber:  0.4g
Sugars:  0.4g

Nutritional Information (Per Serving = 1 Burger, 2 T. Tzatziki, No Bun)
Calories:  222.7
Protein:  26.9g
Carbs:  3.7g
Fat:  11.9g (3.7 = Sat.)
Fiber:  0.6g

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