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30-minLemon, garlic and oregano turkey burgers are topped with whipped feta, tomatoes, cucumber and onions, and sandwiched between gourmet hamburger buns.

 
One of my favorite things about having a kid is that I get to relive my childhood.

Which means that I get to listen to Charlotte Diamond and Raffi {these are probably some pretty obscure Canadian artists to most of you}.  This week-end I was super excited to acquire some Robert Munsch books.  It is so funny how I don’t ‘remember’ these books or songs, yet somehow I know all the words!

And now that the 1980’s babies are having their own babies, a lot of 1980’s TV shows have ‘come back’…like Ninja Turtles and Transformers.  And My Little Pony!!  I was totally into MLP when I was a kid.  And I have seen some Care Bears stuff around.  Is that back on TV now?

Maybe someday we will get back He-Man and She-Ra {oops, I totally just wrote She-Man and He-Ra by accident :P}.  Or Duck Tales?  Or Rainbow Brite?  Has anyone got any other good ones they want to see back?

Greek Turkey Burgers with Whipped Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Greek Turkey Burgers with Whipped Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

In between listening to “Baby Beluga” and reading “Mud Puddle” to Kai, we managed to get the grill going this week-end.  ‘Cause it’s officially summer and summer means it’s time to fire up the barbecue!

Truth be told, we BBQ all year round.  Rain…shine…snow…hail…tornadoes…But it’s much more enjoyable these days.

And since I somehow don’t have a single burger recipe on this blog, we had a situation to remedy!

Greek Turkey Burgers with Whipped Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Greek Turkey Burgers with Whipped Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

These burgers are light but filling.  Did i just completely contradict myself?  What I mean is that you are left feeling satisfied but not over-stuffed…which is why I love turkey burgers.

These turkey burgers are packed with Greek flavors: fresh oregano, garlic and lemon.

Then the magic happens:  whipped feta.  Have you guys heard of this whipped feta thing?  Feta + cream cheese + food processor = MAGIC.

The feta gets all light and smooth, and I moistened it with some Greek yogurt {just sticking to the Greek theme here, ha ha}, and threw in some lemon, garlic and dill.

The whipped feta is so intense on its own…like holy feta, batman! kind of intense.  I mean, I was worried.  But slathered on top of the turkey burger, topped with tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, and sandwiched between two buns, it totally brings the wow to this burger.

Greek Turkey Burgers with Whipped Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Greek Turkey Burgers with Whipped Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

So the thing is, I had to make a full batch of this whipped feta in order for it to properly whip in my food processor…halving it just didn’t achieve the same effect.  So if you are making it for two burgers, you are for sure going to have some left-overs.  This week I am going to be eating it on crackers, sandwiches, veggies, and I will see how it freezes.  I will report back with my findings.

But trust me, you will be sooooo verrrrry glad that you took the extra step of making this whipped feta for these burgers, it really brings the burger from yum! to yumeeeee!

And it really was so simple to make.  From start to finish, 30-ish minutes.  So I could get back to reading those Robert Munsch books…err…to Kai…

GREEK TURKEY BURGERS WITH WHIPPED FETA
 
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Moist turkey burgers packed with garlic, lemon and oregano, slathered with whipped feta, topped with tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, and sandwiched between gourmet hamburger buns.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
Greek Turkey Patties
  • 300g ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano {chopped}
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • pepper {a few grinds}
Whipped Feta
  • 6 oz feta {at room temperature}
  • 2 oz cream cheese {at room temperature}
  • ½ tsp dill
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt *see instructions*
Burgers
  • 2 gourmet hamburger buns
  • 2 large slices tomato
  • 8 slices cucumber
  • 2 slices onion
Instructions
Greek Turkey Patties
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Form into 2 hamburger patties.
  3. Grill over medium-high heat for approximately 5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
Whipped feta
  1. Pulse feta in the food processor until crumbly.
  2. Add the cream cheese and mix until well combined.
  3. Throw in the dill, garlic and lemon zest.
  4. Add the Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp at a time, until the consistency you'd like is achieved, pulsing and scraping the sides of the processor as needed. It should be creamy, but still thick. I used 4 tbsp.
  5. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve your burgers.
Notes
There will be a lot of left-over whipped feta, but by halving the recipe, the feta does not properly whip in the food processor.
This burger deserves the best hamburger buns you can get your hands on.

 Whipped Feta recipe adapted from Queen Ina Garten

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