Summer weather has finally arrived! One of my favorite things about summer is moving the cooking out to the grill and giving my oven a break (well, aside from all of the baking I’m still doing…)! The only problem is we tend to fall into a rut where we eat hamburgers and hot dogs WAY too often. They’re so quick and easy and they don’t require either of us to remember to take meat out of the freezer to defrost for dinner. However, I’m fairly certain a steady diet of hamburgers and hot dogs = need for a new summer wardrobe when none of my clothes fit anymore.
In an effort to keep dinner simple but make it slightly healthier, I searched for turkey burger recipes recently. I was specifically looking for one that would utilize feta since I have a huge container in my fridge (an impulse purchase at BJ’s not too long ago). I was excited when I found this recipe – super simple plus no veggies which means Shane wouldn’t object. I was worried these burgers would fall apart on the grill since I generally assume breadcrumbs or egg are required to bind burgers, but these stayed together beautifully. (I did refrigerate the patties for about an hour after I formed them before we popped them on the grill, which may have helped.) They were really moist and flavorful and I’ll definitely make them again!
Turkey Burgers with Feta Cheese
adapted from DiabetesDaily.com
1 pound ground turkey breast
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 3/4 oz feta cheese
In a large bowl, combine the chopped parsley, ground turkey, black pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder and feta cheese with a fork. Be careful not to overwork the meat. Divide mixture into 4 equal sized burgers. If grilling, either spray grill with cooking spray (before lighting!) or brush with oil to keep burgers from sticking to grates. Grill (or broil) the burgers until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.