A Greek-Inspired Twist on the Burger
Susan Hoff
August 17, 2020

Try this "love at first bite" gyro turkey burger!

If you are craving a hamburger but still want to keep up with your nutrition regimen and down with the calories, try this tasty Greek-inspired twist on the burger! Instead of the full bready bun, you can sub in a pita half and drizzle a greek-yogurt based dressing on top that seals in the culture and flavor.

While lamb or regular ground beef may sound more appetizing, mix some feta, oregano, and red onion into lean turkey meat and then see what you have to say about “boring old” turkey meat. You will love this easy-to-make, healthy-to-eat turkey gyro burger. 


Serves 4

Burger Meat

1 pound ground turkey meat

1 tsp. oregano

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

⅓ cup minced red onion

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Tzatziki Dressing

⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 garlic clove, minced

¼ cup finely chopped cucumber

⅛ tsp. dill

½ Tbsp. Sriracha sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Bun and Toppings

4 pita halves, warmed

Baby spinach 

Tomato slices

Red onion slices


1. Open your grill and oil the grates to help keep the turkey meat from sticking. Then, turn the grill on at a high heat.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey meat, oregano, salt, pepper, yogurt, red onion, and feta. 

3. Once well combined, form 4 turkey patties. Pat them together tightly and push your thumb into the middle to contain the juices inside the patty and to prevent the turkey meat from crumbling. 

4. Place the patties on the grill. Flip them once and take them off once they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. This should take about 10-12 minutes. 

5. Take the patties off the grill and let them rest.

6. While patties sit, combine the greek yogurt, garlic, cucumber, dill, Sriracha, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and mix well. 

7. Place the pita bread on the grill to warm for a few minutes.

8. Remove pita from the grill and set them on your plates.

9. Add the burger into the pita half and top with baby spinach, tomato, and red onion. 

10. Drizzle the tzatziki dressing over the burger.

11. Dig in!

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