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The Ultimate Mediterranean Turkey Burger Recipe

The Ultimate Mediterranean Turkey Burger Recipe

Whipped feta adapted from here.
Servings 4 burgers
Author Brandon Matzek


For the wHipped feta:

  • 6 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the mayo:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto

For the burgers:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, preferably 100% or part dark meat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil, for grates or skillet

Toasted brioche buns, for serving

Toppings: arugula, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, sliced Persian cucumber


  1. Start by making the sauces. Add feta and cream cheese to a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, then process until smooth. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Store wHipped feta in the refrigerator until ready to use. Stir together mayo and pesto in a medium bowl until combined. Store mayo in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Place turkey in a large bowl along with the oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Using your hands, gently mix the turkey and seasoning until evenly distributed. Don't overwork the turkey here. Divide mixture into 4, and form into burger patties.
  3. Preheat a charcoal grill, gas grill or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Grease grates or skillet with a little canola oil, then cook burgers until golden and charred in spots or the internal temperature reaches 160°F (about 5 minutes per side, 10 minutes total). Let burgers rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. To serve, stack up as follows: bottom bun, sun-dried tomato mayo, sliced cucumber, burger patty, tomato, red onion, arugula, whipped feta, top bun. Enjoy immediately!