Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Healthy Turkey Burgers with Pita, Tzatziki and Salad Leaves

About three years ago I went to university, drank beer and ordered too much takeaway. I started a food blog and became addicted to recipe books and cooking. It was only a matter of time before I needed the intervention of a personal trainer. 

Last week I began a four week programme of exercising with Emily, and a healthy eating plan. Note that this is not a diet, it’s a nutrition plan, which sounds so much more inviting. Well, I’m loving it so far, slightly because I went home this weekend and broke all the rules, but mostly because it tells me to eat more then I usually do. Salads, seeds and oat cakes loom large, but so do lovely fresh vegetables, fruits and protein rich meat and fish. My shopping trolley was looking so good this morning I nearly took a photo of it. I’m not THAT cool though. 

One supper suggestion on the plan is grilled turkey burgers with pita and salad, and the recipe below is my interpretation of the brief. I used extra lean turkey breast mince which contains only two grams of fat, regular lean contains about six, which just don’t cut it I’m afraid. The tzatziki uses low fat Greek yoghurt, and the pita bread is of the extra groovy, crammed with seeds, wholegrain variety. The whole lot’s either grilled or raw. And most importantly, it was delicious and I don’t feel like I’m starving myself. Ben’s even requested it again, the ultimate seal of approval!! 
Serves 2 greedy people, or 4 calorie counters
- For the Burgers -
500g extra lean turkey breast mince
1 onion, peeled and grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
a sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- For Everything Else - 
salad leaves, I’ve used spinach
1 spring onion, chopped
1 tomato, sliced
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
2 small wholemeal pitas, halved
Tzatziki (my recipe can be found here, use low fat Greek yoghurt)
  1. Preheat the grill. Mix all the burger ingredients together in a bowl, and shape into four burgers. Grill for approximately 8 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. 
  2. Put together all the other ingredients on the serving plate, and serve the burgers on top, with plenty of tzatziki on the side.


  1. This looks really yummy! Good luck with the exercise and nutrition plan =]


  2. Yum! I definitely need to try these after the Christmas excess!


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