Dinner for Two: Fiery Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce

Spicy Turkey Burgers with Cool and Creamy Feta Sauce | @dessertfortwo

Let’s talk about your grill skills for a hot minute.  It just took all my effort not to type ‘grill skillz.’  If I have your cell phone number, you know all about my texts with proliferous z’s.  Sorry.

Moving on!

Are you excited for grilling season?  Do you like to cook outside just to keep the heat out of your house?  Are you a grilling aficionado that pines for summer all year long?  Do you hoard charcoal?  Are you my redneck neighbor behind me in the woods who grills ALL meals outside whilst blaring 80s rock ballads?

The way I see it, the grill offers a component to your food that just  can’t be accomplished when cooking indoors:  smokiness.  Food likes to be smoky.  Let’s think about a hot dog with some black char from the grill versus a hot dog boiled in water.  Are you with me?  The two cannot compete.  You could sear a burger in a cast iron skillet indoors, but to really get the char on the outside to seal in the juices, your smoke alarm will go off.  Trust.

Personally, I’m a turkey burger aficionado.  I think I’ve made every burger Jessica has ever posted.  I love them all.  This one with Gorgonzola and chili slaw made me sing.  Consider my fiery turkey burgers with creamy feta sauce a riff on her recipe.

I jam-packed the turkey meat with spicy flavor:  smoked paprika, cayenne, and oregano.  I stuffed it on an onion-flecked burger bun (the stuff of my dreams).  Then?  I made your taste buds a cooling, creamy feta sauce just in case the heat was too much for you.  However, I flubbed and dashed some cayenne in the feta sauce too, but it was an accident…unless you crave the burn.

Do food bloggers really eat what they cook?  OH YES.

Fiery Turkey Burgers with Feta Sauce | @dessertfortwo

Sometimes, I finish the photo shoot, pull up a chair, and rest my elbow on the remote control shutter while I chow down.  I suggest you do the same.

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Dinner for Two: Fiery Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce
 
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yield: 3 burgers
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
For the burgers:
  • 1 pound ground turkey (as non-lean as possible)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 onion-flecked burger buns
  • lettuce, for serving
  • tomato, for serving
  • onion, for serving
For the feta sauce:
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • dash of cayenne
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, and spices. Mix well with your hands. Shape the meat into 3 patties, making sure to make divot in the center of each to account for expanding during cooking.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Dip a paper towel in the olive oil, and grease the grates of the grill once hot. You should be able to hold your hand 6" from the surface of the grates for no more than 5 seconds before proceeding. When hot, place the burger patties on the grill, and close the lid.
  3. Cook the burgers for 5 minutes on each side, or until they register 165-degrees F internally. Remove from heat and cover until serving.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together the feta, cream, and cayenne.
  5. Slice the burger buns, and serve each patty on top. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and creamy feta sauce as desired.
Notes
I call this 'dinner for two' because most men gobble up two of these spicy burgers. Plus, it uses the entire 1-pound package of ground turkey. If you really only want to make 2 burger patties, use ⅔ pound of turkey and 1 egg yolk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    Food 200% loves to be smoked out! I’m psyched grilling season is just around the corner, when all the turkey burgers will be made. feta sauce? fffffffffffffyeeeeeeeeeeeeah! Now if only we could make this rain go away so that my charcoal will stay lit ;)

    P.S. You are just adorbs, my dear. Keep them auto shutter pics a-comin’!

  2. Christinem says

    dang girl! That is one mighty good lookin’ burger! hubby and I want to do more grilling outside this summer and am always looking for turkey burger recipes, and this one looks like it just might be what hubby will crave!

  3. says

    Well, I’m sending my husband to your site, he’s the grill man in our house.

    And we’ll easily go through 2 pounds of turkey cause like you said, most men will eat two. I honestly don’t get how the man does it. He’ll easily devour a pound and a half of meat (with all the sides and dessert) and the dr. says he’s in awesome shape. Go figure.

    Love charcoal, but sometimes I’m just too lazy. Our grill is hooked up to the natural gas of the house, so no propane tanks for us. Just a short walk to the neighbors to use their charcoal grill.

  4. DJ says

    Looks beyond yummy! Can I leave the egg out? Will it change the whole dish? Or any substitution? Thanks :)

  5. Laurel says

    Just curious. Are you supposed to heat up the feta sauce do the cheese melts, or just mix it as stated in recipe? Thanks.

    • says

      Great question! And sorry for any confusion. I just pile the feta sauce on the burger before serving because the burger is hot and the sauce is cold. I like the hot-cold combo, but you could do whatever you like, too :) happy grilling!! -Christina

  6. says

    That thick creamy layer of feta sauce is a five napkin swiper. Totally impressed with your selfie skills, and you must be pretty good with photoshop because I don’t see the camera remote AT ALL! #magic

  7. says

    Is it weird that I kind of want to bathe in that creamy feta sauce? Because I do. Man! I could eat that stuff on everything. Bland turkey burgers are my biggest pet peeve. Your recipe looks perfectly seasoned.

    P.S. your auto shutter photos are my favorite.

  8. says

    I love to grill so much and thankfully I live in sunny Arizona where every season is grill season! It also helps to get the heat out of the kitchen when it is over 100 degrees outside! You are so right, it just gives things so much more flavor when you grill them. I love a good turkey burger, and that feta sauce, so yummy!

  9. says

    I need more turkey burgers in my life, especially with the great ground beef shortage I keep hearing about. I am all about the heat, so bring it on! I’ve been working on my grill skillzzzz (that was just for you!) and I’ve actually gotten pretty decent on it. But don’t even talk to me about changing the propane tank. That’s terrifying.

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