Greek Chicken Burgers with Creamy Tzatziki
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These Greek Chicken Burgers are the perfect quick weeknight meal when you need a delicious filling dinner but don’t have a lot of time. These burgers use ground chicken instead of beef and pack in a lot of Greek flavor without a lot of fuss. The best part is the creamy tzatziki sauce, made with Green Valley Creamery plain whole milk yogurt, that adds even more flavor and takes the chicken burgers to the next level. Keep reading to learn how to make this delicious recipe!
Seven Ingredient Greek Chicken Burgers
The first step in this simple recipe is to make the Greek chicken burger patty mixture. These burgers are made with lean ground chicken which packs in a lot of protein and also works really well with all of the mediterranean inspired flavors in this dish. Ground chicken also cooks fast, which means that it won’t take you long to get dinner on the table but you’ll still have an exciting dish full of flavor.
These burgers use a combination of fresh dill, dried oregano, red onion onion, and garlic powder to give them a great flavor. To make sure that the burger patties don’t fall apart, the recipe also calls for an egg to hold everything together. Because ground chicken can be a pretty lean meat, the recipe also calls for a little olive oil to ensure the burgers stay tender and juicy and don’t dry out.
The Best Tips for Perfect Ground Chicken Burgers
Ground chicken can be a little sticky to work with which may make it a little tougher that ground beef to form your burger patties. To make the process easier, wet your hands with cold water before working with the ground chicken mixture. Wetting your hands with water will help to make it easier for you to form your ground chicken mixture into patties. One pound of ground chicken will easily give you four burger patties. If necessary though, you can double the recipe and make more burgers to have for an easy leftover option.
How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
While the Greek chicken burger patties are flavorful all on their own, topping them with homemade tzatziki sauce really increase the flavor and takes them to a whole new level. If you’ve never made tzatziki sauce at home it really is quite easy. Once you make it one time, you’ll want to make it again and again.
Traditional tzatziki is a combination of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, and salt. Making it at home is really quite simple, especially if you use a food processor to chop the cucumber, fresh dill, and garlic. For the best results, I like to add my garlic, cucumber, and dill to a high powered food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
You can use the picture above for reference on how finely you want to chop the cucumber, garlic, and herb mixture. Tzatziki typically has a bit of chunky texture, so there’s no need to chop the herbs and veggies until silky smooth. You just want to make sure that there are no huge chunks of cucumber or garlic in your sauce for the best results. Using a food processor helps to make sure that all of the ingredients are well chopped and does a lot of the work for you.
The Secret to Creamy Tzatziki Sauce
The secret to perfectly creamy tzatziki sauce every single time is a good quality yogurt. While you can use a Greek yogurt for an extra thick tzatziki dip, I find that this sauce works best with a plain whole milk yogurt like the one I used for this recipe made by Green Valley Creamery. Because you’ll be using the tzatziki as a sauce for you chicken burgers, you don’t want it to be too thick. I really like the way plain whole-milk yogurt works to give you just the right saucy consistency in this recipe.
Why Green Valley Creamery Yogurt
If you are lactose-intolerant or lactose-sensitive, you may have completely given up on eating dairy altogether. Thankfully, Green Valley Creamery has dedicated themselves to creating high quality dairy products that are lactose free and still taste great. Green Valley’s goal is to make real dairy enjoyable for everyone.
If you’ve sworn off yogurt completely because of the way it makes you feel, than trying a lactose-free yogurt could be a great option for you. Green Valley Creamery’s lactose-free dairy products ensure that you can get all of the great quality nutrition from dairy with none of the symptoms you don’t enjoy.
Green Valley’s whole milk plain yogurt is lactose-free and a great option for this recipe, especially if you are cooking for someone who has a lactose-intolerance or sensitivity.
Green Valley Creamery’s yogurt, just like all of Green Valley’s products, is certified gluten-free, organic, and certified humane. One of my favorite ways to use Green Valley yogurt is in this easy tzatziki sauce recipe but you can also use Green Valley’s yogurt in several different ways. Try making the perfect yogurt bowl for breakfast in the morning, or add it to baked goods, smoothies, or desserts. The best part is that because Green Valley Creamery’s lactose-free yogurt has no added sugar, it is an excellent option for all your cooking needs.
How to Serve the Greek Chicken Burgers
You can easily serve these Greek chicken burgers lettuce wrap style in between two leaves of green leaf lettuce. Just start with a lettuce leaf, then add your cooked chicken burger, top it with the tzatziki sauce and then sliced tomato and red onion. If you like, you can also add some sliced avocado to your burger for even more deliciousness. Just top your burger with another lettuce leaf and you’re all set!
Eating this recipe for lunch and can’t eat the burgers lettuce wrap style? That’s ok, too! You can also serve these cooked chicken burgers chopped and over top a fresh salad. Just use the tzatziki sauce as the salad as the dressing!
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Greek Chicken Burgers with Creamy Tzatziki
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
For the Greek Chicken Burgers
1 pound ground chicken
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
For the tzatziki sauce:
1/2 cup diced seedless cucumber
1/2 cup fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
juice of one lemon
green leaf lettuce leaves
sliced red onion
Combine all of the chicken burger ingredients in small bowl and mix until just combined. Form the ground chicken into four individual burger patties.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a little oil. Next, add your chicken burgers to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the burger patties are cooked through completely. Set the burgers aside when finished cooking.
While the burgers are cooking make the tzatziki sauce. Add the cucumber, dill, and garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add the cucumber, garlic, and dill mixture to the yogurt and stir until well combined. Next, add the lemon juice and salt. Give it a taste and add more salt if you like.
Finally assemble your chicken burgers. Start with a lettuce leaf, then add the burger, and top with tzatziki sauce, red onion, and tomato. Serve immediately and enjoy!