Feta Basil Turkey Burgers

Feta Turkey Burger

Do you know what a turkey burger has that a beef burger doesn’t?

A special friendliness with other flavors. A turkey burger is waaaaaayyyyyy more suited to having lots of fun ingredients added to it.

I mean, put feta and basil in a beef burger, and that might be kind of weird. Put feta and basil in a turkey burger, and you get something magnificent. Put this feta basil turkey burger and a beef burger in front of me, and I might pick the turkey burger based on flavor alone.

Feta Basil Turkey Burgers Recipe

If you think turkey burgers are bland and boring, I urge you to try this recipe. The turkey meat has feta, basil, and a little secret ingredient worcestershire sauce to make it a party of flavor, and we cook it in the cast iron skillet to give it a great brown crustiness on the edges. I truly think it will change your mind about good old ground turkey and its versatility.

I made a quick 3 minute video showing you how to make it, enjoy:

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Feta Basil Turkey Burgers

Yield: 2 burgers, but easily doubles, triples, etc

Feta Basil Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey (I used 94% lean ground turkey)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • desired toppings (red onion, lettuce, tomatoes, condiments, etc)

Directions:

  1. Using a gentle touch, mix together the ground turkey, feta crumbles, chopped basil, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with your fingertips. Make sure not to overwork the meat, just distribute all the fun goodies all throughout the meat. Shape the turkey meat into 2 patties, keeping in mind that the burger will shrink up a bit after it has cooked. Don't make the patties too thick or they'll take too long to cook.
  2. Heat up a cast iron skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes (or if you've got a grill, that'd work too). Once the pan is hot, add the turkey patties and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Time will vary depending on how hot your pan is and how thick your patties are, but you want the center of the turkey burger to read at 165 degrees F. If you find that the burgers are browning too much before the interior is cooking through, you can put a lid on the pan. Serve the turkey burgers with any accompaniments you want, and enjoy!
  3. PS If you don't have a thermometer, please get one! They're not expensive and they will make your life in the kitchen a lot easier (I own this one and it's only $20).
http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/feta-basil-turkey-burgers/

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  • avatar nicole @ I am a Honey Bee March 7, 2013, 10:21 am

    I don’t care it’s only 10.20am… I need this now!!!

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  • avatar Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 7, 2013, 10:30 am

    A while back I made a feta spinach turkey burger and it was delicious. I love that you added basil because I will have to switch it out with the spinach!

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug March 10, 2013, 8:12 pm

      Spinach is so wonderful too. It’s always hard to decide between spinach and basil!

      Reply
  • avatar Myrtle March 7, 2013, 11:03 am

    Joanne, have you ever heard of Cracked.com? It’s a humor site, and my sister is addicted to it. She’ll read an article, and then at the bottom there’ll be an, “You may also like…” and give you five more articles. Then she’ll click on one of those, thinking, “I’ll be done after I read this one,” but then at the bottom of THAT one, there’s more…

    Yeah, that’s what Fifteen Spatulas is like for me. I’m reading the most recent article, and then I see something like pecan and cornmeal crusted chicken, and all I can think is, “GIMME!” And then I end up going on a website trawl for like two hours, and by the end there’s this big puddle of drool on the keyboard.

    This is what you make me suffer through, Joanne. ;)

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug March 10, 2013, 8:09 pm

      haha, it’s fun to get lost on a site sometimes to take your mind off other things! I’m so glad you love Fifteen Spatulas so much, and it’s always great to hear from you =)

      Reply
  • avatar Jen @ Savory Simple March 7, 2013, 1:30 pm

    What a great way to spruce up a turkey burger.

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  • avatar Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom March 7, 2013, 3:45 pm

    oh goodness! These look delicious!!! Love!

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  • avatar Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom March 7, 2013, 3:49 pm

    and by the way, love the video!

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  • avatar Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 7, 2013, 5:41 pm

    I want a burger. VERY BADLY. Love the feta and basil!

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  • avatar Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts March 7, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Love making turkey burgers – you can do just about any flavor with them!

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  • avatar Bam's Kitchen March 8, 2013, 12:29 am

    Basil and feta is a great way to spice up a plain turkey burger and look at that size. How thick! Wow is that like a half pound burger… I guess I have been living in Asia too long.. LOL Take Care, BAM

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug March 10, 2013, 8:14 pm

      LOL no, it’s just a 1/4 pound burger believe it or not!

      Reply
  • avatar Carolyn March 8, 2013, 7:41 am

    I agree, feta and basil in a beef burger would be weird. The beefiness would overwhelm those flavours. But this sounds so good in a turkey burger!

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  • avatar Jessica@AKitchenAddiction March 8, 2013, 9:16 am

    These flavors are perfect for a turkey burger!

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  • avatar carrian March 9, 2013, 1:36 pm

    These look fantastic! Love a good, juicy turkey burger!

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  • avatar dc March 10, 2013, 3:33 pm

    Making them now! Yum!

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug March 10, 2013, 8:13 pm

      Hope you enjoyed them!

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      • avatar d March 11, 2013, 8:36 am

        Made 8 burgers (2lbs of turkey) put a pepperoncini and feta sauce on top. My eldest son ate 3 (no bun). We’ll be making them again.

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  • avatar Leigh March 10, 2013, 7:42 pm

    These sound really good. I think it would be good with a little tzatziki sauce too.

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug March 10, 2013, 8:13 pm

      Yes, absolutely! That would be amazing here!

      Reply
  • avatar Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 11, 2013, 2:46 am

    Oh my yum!! Except for the feta, I am pretty much drooling over here :)

    ps: cant wait to see you again at FBF this year :)

    Reply
  • avatar Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 11, 2013, 5:03 am

    Your burgers look absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  • avatar Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 11, 2013, 7:21 am

    That burger is gorgeous!!!!

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  • avatar Amanda March 11, 2013, 12:01 pm

    I just adore your blog! Such beautiful recipes and pictures… and your sense of humor and style is fantastic!

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  • avatar Chef Dennis March 12, 2013, 3:14 pm

    I love turkey burgers, what a great way to change them up! Great video!

    Reply
  • avatar Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats March 12, 2013, 11:07 pm

    I loooove turkey burgers! This sounds like a match made in heaven! Ill definitely try these out!

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  • avatar Lynn March 27, 2013, 2:50 pm

    I made your Feta Basil Turkey Burgers for dinner last night. They were delicious and I will make them again and again. I had fresh basil from my garden and also chopped up kalamata olives. I paired them with Bobby Flay’s Greek Quinoa Salad which was also a great combination of ingredients. Thanks for such wonderful recipes and all the hard work you put into it.

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  • avatar Jessica April 3, 2013, 9:07 pm

    OMG!!!! These are amazing. Made them tonight and my picky 17-month-old son devoured nearly an ENTIRE burger. Mmmmm, the adults were equally as happy!

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 3, 2013, 10:22 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear you all loved the burgers.

      Reply
  • avatar Amy April 22, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I tried your Feta Basil Turkey Burgers (added a little extra Worcestershire, cause I love it) and they were delicious! For my toppings I added spinach instead of lettuce and sautéed cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, so, so, yummy.

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 23, 2013, 9:09 am

      Hi Amy, YAY!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the burgers so much. I love these too, so good and they cook up so quickly!

      Reply
  • avatar Josh October 26, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Joanne,

    Is there some type of spice or other flavoring I can use to substitute the salt? I don’t really want to add 1/4 tsp (about 600mg; 24-25%) to the burgers if possible. It seems kind of high, I might add 1/8 of a tsp. Also, is it crucial that the basil be fresh? I don’t think it’s that much of a hassle to go and buy it, but if I can use grounded basil with a minimal difference in taste, it would be preferred. Thanks in advance,

    Josh

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    • avatar Josh October 26, 2013, 11:37 pm

      Actually, realized it a minute or so later, the 1/4 of a tsp of salt isn’t so bad since it makes two burgers. It would only be about 12% of daily requirements which is pretty decent. Any ideas anyway?

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      • avatar Joanne Ozug October 27, 2013, 3:14 pm

        Hi Josh, if you’re watching your salt intake, feel free to put in what you need. There is some saltiness in the feta too. For the basil, it’s really important to use the fresh stuff. Dried basil just doesn’t taste the same, and the fresh is crucial to give good flavor. Enjoy!

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        • avatar Josh October 27, 2013, 6:03 pm

          I tried the recipe with fresh basil. Unfortunately, it was something I would definitely eat if presented, but probably wouldn’t seek to make. My mom took one bite and stopped (she’s difficult). I wish I enjoyed it as much as the others above me did. Regardless, I really appreciate the recipe. Always looking for healthy/ier renditions of food. Just glad I tried it!

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          • avatar Joanne Ozug October 27, 2013, 9:29 pm

            Hi Josh, glad you tried it too. Inevitably there will be some recipes that suit your tastes and others that don’t. I love these burgers but the flavors are definitely eclectic.

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  • avatar Eleanor April 1, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Made these for supper tonight- turned out great! Recipe doubled perfectly :) Had to sub the worcestershire for a gluten free soy sauce. Thanks for sharing- can’t wait for summer so I can do these on the BBQ!

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  • avatar Lauren April 2, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I made these last night and they were amazing!! Definitely adding to my go to recipes. Thanks!

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  • avatar Tahj May 17, 2014, 9:26 pm

    Very good Turkey burger! Refreshing, lean, and light.

    I also put grilled onions for extra topping!

    Thx

    Reply

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