Turkey Burgers With Tzatziki Sauce USDA Recipe for Family Child Care

Minted cucumber sauce known as Tzatziki transforms boring burgers into a flavorful exploration of Greek cuisine.
CACFP CREDITING INFORMATION
½ pita provides 1½ oz equivalent meat/meat alternate, ¼ cup vegetable, and 1¼ oz equivalent grains.
SOURCE
Team Nutrition CACFP Multicultural Recipe Project.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray

Quantity
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray

Ingredients
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray

Quantity
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray
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Ingredients
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray

Quantity
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray
*See Marketing Guide

Ingredients
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray

Quantity
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray
*See Marketing Guide

Ingredients
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray

Quantity
 

  • - - Tzatziki Sauce
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • ¼ cup Cucumber, fresh, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tsp Mint leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice, fresh squeezed, seed removed; or lemon juice, bottled
  • - - Turkey Burgers
  • cups Spinach, frozen, chopped
  • 13 oz Ground turkey, fresh or frozen, at least 93% lean
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Salt, table
  • ½ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • 6 slices Tomato, fresh, ⅛" slices (about 2½ oz)
  • 3 - Whole-wheat pitas (at least 70 gm each)
  • - - Nonstick cooking spray
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat over to 400 °F.
  • Prepare Tzatziki sauce: In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbsp yogurt, cucumber, mint leaves, and lemon juice (makes about ¼ cup 2 Tbsp). Chill sauce. Cool to 40 °F or lower within 4 hours. Hold at 40 °F or lower. Use for step 11.
  • Thaw, drain, and squeeze excess liquid from spinach. Yields about ½ cup.
  • Prepare burgers: In a medium bowl, mix spinach, ground turkey, remaining yogurt, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Shape into 3 oz rectangle patties to fit into pita pockets, about ¼" thick.
  • Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place burgers on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Heat to 165 °F for at least 15 seconds.
  • Cut pita pocket in half.
  • Place a turkey burger and a tomato into each half.
  • Top each burger with 1 tablespoon Tzatziki sauce.
  • Serve ½ pita.
    Critical Control Point: Hold for hot service 140 °F or higher.

Nutrition INFORMATION

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Burgers With Tzatziki Sauce USDA Recipe for Family Child Care
Amount Per Serving (0 ½ pita)
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 436mg19%
Total Carbohydrates 22g7%
Dietary Fiber 3g13%
Total Sugars 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
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Variations

If ground turkey is frozen, defrost in the refrigerator for 1 day per 1–5 pounds. Store raw ground turkey at 40 °F or lower.

Tzatziki sauce can also be served on the side.

Yield / Volume