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Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

Posted by memeinge
July 16, 2015
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Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers are full of flavor but low in cost

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Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

Recently, a few of my friends and I started a lunch-sharing lunch club. Instead of getting bored with our leftovers and letting food go to waste, I share it with a few friends. In return, I get a delicious lunch from them.

It’s the best thing to happen to my week since I started Monday naps.

It’s also a great way to save money because I’m not throwing away food. I love me some leftovers but there gets to be a point where I can’t fathom eating another bite of leftover roasted veggie & chicken quinoa salad. I just can’t.

All that being said, that’s not my main frugal feasting tip I have for you today. Today's frugal tip involves stretching your ground meat/poultry.

Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

One of my favorite ways to extend ground meat or poultry is to add cooked grains (like quinoa in these burgers) or beans (black beans and ground beef are a match made in heaven).

Ground turkey breast was on sale the other day, so I bought a pack. Usually one pound would only make about 4 burgers, but when you add cooked quinoa and some other goodies (cheese and onions), you can make six burgers. That’s two extra mouths you can feed! Or in my case, my two lunch club buddies get the two extra burgers, and I freeze the rest for later.

Plus, because turkey burgers make me think of diets and that makes me sad, all the yummy added ingredients make these burgers awesome. These Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers are far from sad. So far from sad.

Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

I mean, how could they be sad?! They’ve got feta, red onions, tons of spices, and quinoa in them. I like to top mine with some tomato and cucumber slices for a little extra Greek flavor. And with that you have these far from “diet” tasting yet incredibly nourishing and filling turkey burgers.

I challenge you to get creative on how you can stretch your ground meat/poultry a little more. What do you like to add?

Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

Greek Turkey Quinoa Burgers

Yield

6 burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 TBSP quick oats or oat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 6 100% whole grain hamburger buns or English muffins

Directions

  1. Add ground turkey, cooked quinoa, oats, egg, oregano, garlic powder, parsley, salt, cayenne pepper, red onion, and feta cheese to a large bowl. Stir together until completely combined, but try not to overmix. 
  2. Shape into 6 patties, and cook until burgers are cooked through.
  3. Serve each burger on a hamburger bun with a tomato slice and a few cucumber slices. Enjoy!

Note: I cooked mine in a skillet using 2 tablespoons of oil to cook over medium-high for about 4-5 minutes per side. 

Click for nutritional information
Calories 295
Carbohydrates 34.2g
Fiber 5.5g
Sugar 4.8g
Fat 5.8g
Protein 29.7g
Sodium 616mg
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memeinge
Meme Inge is the author of the FRUGAL FEASTS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier
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