If you indulged a little this summer and you’re looking for something a little lighter, I’ve got just the thing! Mediterranean Turkey Burgers. I know what you’re thinking … how can a Turkey Burger be that great. Trust me! This recipe comes from close friend and great cook, Hester Hodde. She told me she had served to rave reviews and when I had them last summer, I was a believer. You will wow your guests and feel so very healthy.

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Serves 6    Hester Hodde


1 8.5-oz jar julienned sundried tomatoes in olive oil and herbs
2 lbs ground turkey
8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup chopped basil
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp salt


Drain tomatoes and chop.

In a large bowl, using your hands, mix all ingredients. Form into 6 patties.

Place turkey burgers on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sear under the broiler for 5 min until well browned. You may also sear in a pan on the stovetop.

Cover with foil. Reduce oven temperature to 250° and cook for 5–10 min until just done, 170–180°.

Do not overcook!


  • Recipe may be prepped one day in advance.
  • For the ground turkey, be sure to avoid all white meat (99% lean) and use a mix of white and dark (85% lean) for more moist, flavorful burgers.
  • Turkey burgers will shrink as they cook.
  • Hester recommends California Sun Dry tomatoes.
  • You may want to use disposable food-prep gloves to mix and form the burgers.

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