Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Makes 4 servings        (serving size: 1/2 stuffed pita half)

1/2                cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/4                cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese
1                   tablespoon minced red onion
2                   tablespoons commercial pesto
1/4                teaspoon salt
1/4                teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1                   pound ground turkey breast
1                   garlic clove, minced
                             **Cooking spray** 
2                   cups arugula
2                  (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, toasted and halved

1.        Combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl; mix until combined. Divide panko mixture into 4 portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick oval patty.
2.        Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty and 1/2 cup arugula in each pita half.

Tzatziki sauce:
       Combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt; 1/4 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Serve with sliced bell pepper and celery sticks.

Serve a light and fresh turkey burger flavored with pesto and feta cheese. A spicy and creamy tzatziki sauce is great spread on the burgers or served on the side for dipping.

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