Mediterranean Burgers

This is one of my favorite, healthy twists on the typical burger. Next time you have a BBQ or just for a family dinner night, I highly recommend trying this delicious recipe. I put vegetables in it but also serve these burgers with a Greek salad or grilled vegetables on the side.


  • 8 Portobello mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 20 oz. extra lean ground turkey
  • food-veggies-portobello-mushrooms3 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. extra fine capers, drained
  • 4 cornichons, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped rough



  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Rub the portabellas lightly with the olive oil and season with black pepper.
  3. Place on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until tender and cooked through.
  4. Remove the mushrooms from the grill to a plate lined with paper towels to catch any excess moisture.
  5. In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey, thyme, and garlic and mix well to combine.
  6. Portion the turkey into four 5 oz. patties about 3⁄4 inches thick.
  7. Grill the turkey patties for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees in the center of the patties.
  8. Remove burgers from the grill and let rest for 4 minutes.
  9. Mix the red onion, bell pepper, and tomato in a medium-mixing bowl.
  10. Add the red wine vinegar and mix well, season with black pepper.
  11. Ina separate mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, capers, cornichons, and parsley and mix well.
  12. To serve, place a Portobello mushroom with the stem side up on a serving plate. Place the burger on top of the mushroom and top with the vegetable mixture followed by a spoonful of the yogurt sauce. Top with another Portobello, stem side down.
  13. Repeat with the remaining four burgers, and serve immediately.

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