Make your next cookout a multicultural affair. These Tabouleh Turkey Burgers with Feta and Harissa are a fresh take on the classic grilled burger.
Tabouleh Turkey Burgers ditch the standard lettuce, tomato and onion for a Lebanese parsley salad. But why stop there? Harissa replaces ketchup and feta is the big cheese.
One of the things I love about American cuisine is that it is so multicultural. Our food is a melting pot of flavors.
When I create recipes, I take inspiration from a variety of cuisines. My options are nearly limitless in the age of supermarkets and Amazon Pantry! So just about every time I have to categorize a recipe, I’m stumped. Why do I have to choose just one? Good news is I don’t have to! Fusion is the bees knees!
Mixing flavors and reinventing old classics is second nature to me. So recently, when I was thinking about burgers, tabouleh popped into my head, I thought why not? So we tried it with turkey burgers and found that mixing tabouleh into the ground meat makes a very moist burger. Not always easy with poultry.
But the flavor was a bit lacking. So I went to the fridge for ideas and found harissa and feta. Home run! The harissa adds moisture to the bun while also adding spice and the feta adds needed fat and salt.
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Tabouleh Turkey Burgers with Feta and Harissa
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5 TB lemon juice
- 2 TB scallions green parts only, thinly sliced
- 2 cups parsley chopped
- 2 cups tomatoes diced
- 1/2 cup mint chopped
- 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1.6 lbs ground turkey
- 1 cup tabouleh
- 2 TB lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 4 hamburger rolls
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- In a bowl, combine ground turkey, 1 cup of tabouleh, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
- Mix thoroughly and then divide into 4 patties.
- Refrigerate patties for at least 20 minutes before grilling.
- Grill over medium heat, until thermometer reaches 160F.
- Place on bun and top with feta, tabouleh and harissa.
- For faster weeknight meals, freeze raw burgers in advance.
- Harissa can be found in the international section of your grocery store or on Amazon.
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