Is there anything that says “Summer” more than a burger hot off the grill? Burgers, sun, and good times with friends and family are what summer is all about. When families go to Fourth of July picnics or grill out, it is fun to make delicious foods that help to celebrate summer. This Greek Turkey Burger recipe is a great addition to your summer grilling, and uses fresh ingredients.
Greek Turkey Burger Recipe
I love a good burger. There is no denying that. It’s my go-to meal when I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry. One of my favorite ways to add variety to burgers is by trying new combinations of toppings and mixed-in ingredients. These turkey burgers were a new spin on the classic hamburger and they were a huge hit in our house. (One that we’ll be making again very soon!)
I found a bunch of recipes on Martin’s Savory Recipe Center and this American Gobbler Burger really stood out to me. It’s a Greek-style turkey burger with a juicy cucumber sauce topping and basil and tomato feta that is mixed right into the ground turkey. Anytime cheese is mixed into the burger meat, it’s a win in my book! The flavored feta adds a nice pop of taste, but what really makes this turkey burger flavorful is the cucumber sauce. It’s an easy sauce to whip up. (So easy in fact, that my two year old helped me make it!) The American Gobbler Burger is a Greek turkey burger that’s easy to prepare in an affordable way!
There were so many recipes at Martin’s Food Markets that look amazing. They are affordable and easy to prepare recipes, and easy way to give variety to your guests/family at a Fourth of July picnic or anytime! I love how Martin’s Food Markets makes it easy to plan out a Fourth of July picnic. In fact, the planning is done for you with quality food. I found so many recipes that I want to try this summer. The ingredients and products are easily accessible and affordable which is perfect for busy, big families, like mine.
Anytime a shopping trip is made easier when there are four kids aged 8 and under in tow, it makes this mama smile. When we hit the grocery store, I usually have all four attached in some variety to the shopping cart so it can be a bit of a spectacle to see us troop through the produce aisles. And, when you’ve got four kids, affordable foods is a must, making Martin’s Food Market the perfect place for us!
3/4 cup crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese, divided
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 onion rolls
These ingredients can be found at Martin’s Food Markets. It’s a place where you can save time and money while getting fresh ingredients to help you celebrate summer!
How to make the American Gobbler Burger (aka Greek Turkey Burgers)
Mix the ranch dressing and chopped cucumber in a bowl and place to the side.
My two year old helped me mix up the cucumber sauce. We love cooking together. Cooking with kids is such a great way to add learning into the kitchen as they read and follow recipes, problem solve, motor plan, and build executive functioning skills. I think that getting the kids involved in making the foods that they eat really encourages them to try new things like these turkey burgers.
Combine the ground turkey with 1/2 cup feta cheese and black pepper. Shape into four 4-oz. patties and flatten slightly.
Grill or broil turkey burgers, using direct medium heat, 6 to 8 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
How amazing does that crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese look?
Meanwhile, heat onion rolls only until warm. For each burger, spread 2 tablespoons sauce on each roll. Place burgers on rolls and top each with about 1 tablespoon of feta cheese.
Top the burger with slivered red onions and lettuce. And enjoy!
Be sure to check out Martin’s Savory recipe Center for a huge variety of burger recipes, just in time for kicking off your summer or Fourth of July picnic!
Let us know if you try this Greek Turkey Burger at your summer picnics this year. What are your favorite Fourth of July foods?
We’re continuing to cook our way through the alphabet and we are up to letter V. Vegan recipes are the topic for today with the Cooking With Kids bloggers. We decided to create a Smashed Potato with Avocado Pesto.
This might just be my favorite recipe that we’ve made so far in our Cooking With kids series. My kids on the other hand? They tried the avocado pesto. And did not like it. But a taste was all that I asked, so I’m happy that they tried a new food.
It really was a tasty recipe, though (once you get past that green pesto lump on the smashed potato). The almond/avocado/lemon/basil blended nicely with the salt and oil of the potatoes and made a great side dish for dinner.
We used almonds in our pesto recipe instead of pine nuts like is typically used in pesto recipes.
Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Pesto Recipe
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To make the Vegan Smashed Potatoes and Avocado Pesto, you’ll need these ingredients: 6-7 Baby red potatoes olive oil for brushing salt to taste 1 avocado, chopped 1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil 2 additional Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp lemon juice 3 Tbsp water 1 small chopped tomato pepper to taste
Have your child wash and dry the potatoes to remove any dirt specks.
Boil the potatoes until soft. Allow to cool. Rub olive oil on the outside of the potatoes and sprinkle with salt.
Layer a sheet of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Place the potatoes on the foil. Smash with a Kitchen Mallet. My four year old loved this part!
Chop the almonds and pull the basil apart into small pieces. An adult should chop the almonds, but kids can pull apart the basil leaves. It’s a great fine motor exercise for little hands.
In a blender or food processor, blend the almonds, basil, lemon juice, water, and olive oil. Blend until well mixed into a puree. You may need more water.
Scoop spoonfuls of pesto onto the potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
Pull the potatoes out and add chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle with black pepper to taste.
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We’ve been busy cooking our way through the alphabet with our Cooking With Kids A-Z series. You can find all of the recipes here. We love the learning and therapeutic benefits to cooking with kids so this series is a winner for us. Try all of these recipes for tasty dishes that you can cook together as a family.
We love all things Sensory Play. So when we went through the link ups from last month’s Share It Saturday linky party, we were drawn to the sensory activities. Even better than sensory play with the kids, is a material that needs to be mixed, baked, whipped, or stirred. Part of the sensory play experience is creating the concoction from scratch with the kids. It’s a great way to get the kids involved in the sensory play set up and learning with measurements, direction following, and sequencing. These recipes are fun ways to explore the senses and create with recipes for sensory play!