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Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

My client (and friend) Robin turned me onto these burgers and I just LOVE them!  They are light-and-fresh burgers flavored with pesto and feta cheese. I prepared the spicy and creamy tzatziki sauce and spread it on the burgers but you can also serve the sauce on the side for dipping veggies like red peppers and celery or cucumber sticks.


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.

Yield:  4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed pita half)

CALORIES 303 ; FAT 8.8g (sat 2.9g,mono 4.1g,poly 0.8g); CHOLESTEROL 56mg; CALCIUM 101mg; CARBOHYDRATE 24.3g; SODIUM 595mg; PROTEIN 33g; FIBER 3g; IRON 1.9mg

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