Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers with “Tzatziki” Sauce

by Kelli H. on July 30, 2013

If you’re a reader of my blog at all, then it’s pretty well known that I only eat turkey burgers. No beef burgers for this girl. No, siree!

After writing the title for this blog post I kind of laughed at myself. I put the word tzatziki in quotes, but I’m kind of thinking the whole middle eastern part should be in quotes too. I found this recipe online and I followed a guideline and then made it my complete own. So, while I think it’s possibly middle eastern inspired, I highly doubt middle easterner’s are actually making anything like this.

This week I’m trying to ease myself back into cooking. I made an easy vegetarian meal on Sunday night that wasn’t finished until 9 pm for dinner. It was okay though because we had a late lunch of our favorite super burrito from the taqueria down the street. Monday night I made these burgers and while I like to think turkey burgers are super healthy, I’m not so sure about the 250 calorie pretzel buns. The pretzel buns are amazing though! I believe they are completely worth the calories and the price tag! I buy them at Whole Foods (when they have them) and they are my favorite bun ever!

The burgers come together really easy. I made them after a long work day and an hour walk with Ryder and still had time to make a home cooked meal. My favorite part of the burgers were the mild heat and fresh herbs. I also really enjoyed the tangy tzatziki sauce. If a burger is messy then it’s automatically awesome. David said he would have really enjoyed some feta mixed into the sauce, which I think is an awesome idea! I’ll definitely be trying that next time.

Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers
with “Tzatziki” Sauce
Based Off Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

3 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 teaspoons Kosher salt 
1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for coating burgers
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 teaspoons smoked/Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground corriander
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

“Tzatziki” Sauce
16 oz container plain Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 lemon, juiced

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.

2. Mince garlic cloves and add 1.5 teaspoons salt to the garlic. Press the salt into the garlic with the back of a chef’s knife until a paste begins to form. Add the garlic paste to a mixing bowl and combine with ground turkey through red pepper flakes. Form into 4 equal patty’s and coat them with olive oil. 

3. Grill burgers for approximately 5-6 minutes on each side. Remove from grill.

4. In a large mixing bowl; combine all of the sauce ingredients and let sit while burgers are grilling.

5. Assemble burgers with your favorite buns and toppings. Top the burgers with sauce and enjoy.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes July 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Those look sooo good!! Those look like brioche buns- my favorite kind of buns!


Made in Sonoma August 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

They kind of remind me of that too!


natalie @ once upon a cutting board August 1, 2013 at 2:36 am

Regardless what you call them, these look delicious! I haven’t tried pretzel buns before but I’m going to have to seek them out!


Made in Sonoma August 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I think they are kind of hard to find. I’ve only seen them at Whole Foods, but they gotta be made other places, too!


Marin mama cooks August 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Your burgers looks great girl! I just started liking turkey burgers a few years back. I use to eat them plain and they were so dry, but when you start adding cheese to them and fresh herbs, then they take on a whole new life. They become rich and flavorful. We also top our burgers with cilantro lime mayonnaise and that adds such a kick and flavor to the burgers as well. Love the pretzel bun idea. I’ve seen those buns at Whole Foods, but I have yet to try them. My kids would love them! xoxo, Jackie


sonia the mexigarian August 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Everytime I see one of your burgers, I drool. Literally. I like the idea of “middle eastern” inspired ingredients. I haven’t had anything like that before and I can only imagine they’d be flavorful. I just need to get some turkey meat. Every time I go to a store, it’s freaking sold out! I’ll have to look into this pretzel bun 😉


Made in Sonoma August 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Thanks, Sonia. Glad I can make you drool over my burgers. haha. I can’t believe the store is always out of turkey. That is nuts!


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