Dressing Up Turkey to Taste Like Lamb 09.09.2013

Last week, Eric made a ridiculously delicious turkey burger that tasted so much like a lamb burger.  I made it again for lunch on Friday, and again, it was ridiculously delicious.  It's easy, and especially good with fresh ingredients.  We cooked the burgers on the stove on a cast-iron pan, then on the grill, and grilling is really the best option.  

And why are we dressing up turkey to act like lamb and not just getting lamb?  Well, for one thing, we had purchased ground turkey this week and Eric stumbled into making this (aren't those the best meals?).  And for another, lamb is more expensive and this was just as satisfying.  Try it; you won't be disappointed.

Ready to eat something yummy?  Here we go...


  • Ground turkey
  • Crumbled feta (as much as you like)
  • Fresh mint leaves (5-8 leaves per burger)
  • Garlic (1 clove per burger)
  • Olive Oil (enough to drench the mint and garlic mixture)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tomato slices

Heat up your pan or grill, and while that's happening, mix the ground turkey and crumbled feta together and form into patties.  

Once the burger is in the pan or on the grill, add a little salt and pepper on top.  The feta is salty (and so so good) so you won't need a lot of extra salt.  I like to cook the burger 5-6 minutes each side.

While the burger is cooking, chop the mint and garlic, and mix with enough olive oil to drench those ingredients. 

If you desire, spread a little mayo on the hamburger buns and then stack the burger smeared with the mint mixture, adding slices of tomato.  And you will be happy.  I promise.

The only thing I would like to add to this moment of bliss is a little bit of feta sauce on the side for dipping.  That's right: more feta.  Because you cannot have enough feta.  Everyone knows that.  

Incidentally, the best lamb burger I ate was in a Mediterranean bistro in Ellsworth, Maine called Cleonice.  If you find yourself driving through Maine, stop in there.  Food and service are excellent, as are the craft drinks.   

Have a great week everyone, and happy eating!

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