Thanksgiving Leftovers Tortilla Wrap

Try something new with your traditional Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich this year by making into a fun folded tortilla wrap!

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I think we can all agree that eating the leftovers is half the fun of Thanksgiving! Turkey sandwiches are a classic way to use up your leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, but let’s bring that concept into 2021. Instead of making a regular sandwich, make your leftover turkey sandwich in the famous folded “Tiktok wrap” style. The flavors in this Thanksgiving Leftovers Tortilla Wrap are classic, but the presentation is new and fun!

P.S. let me know in the comments below what you like to put on your Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. I want to try some new combos!

a leftover thanksgiving tortilla wrap cut in half and held close to the camera

What to Put in Your Tortilla Wrap

Obviously, this is flexible and you can put whatever you want in your wrap, but I used leftover turkey, leftover stuffing, leftover cranberry sauce, and brie. Cheese is always a good idea because it kind of helps glue everything together. You also want to make sure you have a mix of solid and soft ingredients. Ssoft ingredients, like stuffing, cranberry sauce, or mashed potatoes, will also act sort of like glue. And make sure to chop any solid ingredients, like turkey, into small pieces, which helps them stay in the wrap.

What Kind of Cheese to Use

I love, love, LOVE brie with cranberry, so I bought some brie specifically to use in my wraps. BUT, in the spirit of using up leftovers, here are some other cheese that would also taste great with the flavors in this wrap:

  • Cheddar
  • Cream cheese
  • Chevre (goat)
  • Havarti
  • Provolone
  • Swiss
  • Monterey Jack

What Size Tortilla to Use

I used a large, burrito-sized tortilla. Technically, you can use any size that you have, but the larger the tortilla the easier it will be to fold. A small tortilla will be difficult to fold once the ingredients are added.

a Thanksgiving leftovers tortilla wrap cut in half and stacked on a plate
Thanksgiving leftovers tortilla wrap cut in half facing the camera

Thanksgiving Leftovers Tortilla Wrap

Try something new with your traditional Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich this year by making it into a fun folded tortilla wrap!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 600kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped turkey
  • 1/4 cup stuffing
  • 3 slices brie

Instructions

  • Cut the tortilla from the center out to the edge (as if you were cutting it in half, but only cut halfway across).
  • Place the tortilla in a large skillet and turn the heat on to medium.
  • As the skillet and tortilla begin to heat up, spread the cranberry sauce over one quarter of the tortilla, starting next to the cut. Add the chopped turkey in the quadrant next to the cranberry sauce, the brie in the next quadrant, and then the stuffing in the last quadrant.
  • Fold the piece of the tortilla with the cranberry sauce over the quadrant with the turkey. Fold it again over the quadrant with the brie. Then fold it one last time over the quadrant with the stuffing.
  • Continue to cook the folded tortilla for a couple more minutes on each side, or until the tortilla is brown and crispy. Enjoy hot.

Notes

See the step-by-step photos below for a visual representation of how to fold the tortilla wrap.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wrap | Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Sodium: 1022mg | Fiber: 3g

How to Make a Thanksgiving Leftovers Tortilla Wrap – Step by Step Photos

Sliced tortilla on a cutting board

Cut a large tortilla from the center out to the edge.

Thanksgiving leftovers prepared for the wrap

Gather your Thanksgiving leftovers to use in the wrap. I used leftover turkey, leftover stuffing, leftover cranberry sauce, and a few slices of brie. I used about a quarter cup of each. It’s important to chop the turkey into fairly small pieces to help it all stay in the tortilla.

Filling ingredients on the tortilla in a skillet

I like to put my tortilla in the skillet with the heat turned on (medium) before adding the fillings so I don’t have to try to lift it once everything is added, and so that each portion of the tortilla gets a little toasted. I do not use any sort of butter or oil in the skillet, but you can if you prefer. Place each ingredient in one quadrant of the tortilla. I like put the chopped turkey in the second quadrant so that the cranberry sauce is facing the turkey once folded. This helps the turkey stay in place and the turkey tastes great when covered in the cranberry sauce.

first fold of the tortilla

Fold one quadrant of the tortilla (next to the cut) over the second quadrant.

second fold of the tortilla

Then fold both of those over the third quadrant.

third fold of the tortilla

Then fold it one more time over the fourth quadrant.

Browned tortilla wrap in the skillet

Then let the folded tortilla wrap cook for a few minutes on each side until it is brown and crispy.

Thanksgiving leftovers tortilla wrap cut in half facing the camera

I suggest enjoying the wrap in its neatly folded form, but I cut mine in half for the photo above so you can see a cross-section of the fillings. :)

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Leftover Stuffing Muffins

Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers in these customizable savory Leftover Stuffing Muffins. The perfect grab-and-go breakfast!

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We’re all about reducing food waste over here at Budget Bytes, so I want to make sure you’ve got plenty of options for enjoying your Thanksgiving leftovers later this week! These Leftover Stuffing Muffins have been a reader favorite since they were posted back in 2014, and since I made them again myself last week I decided to give the photos a little facelift. The recipe is the same as always, simple, delicious, and portable. ;) These tasty little savory muffins make a great grab-n-go breakfast!

Originally posted 11/29/2014, updated 11/23/2021.

close up overhead shot of stuffing muffins on a cooling rack

What is a Stuffing Muffin?

Okay, these are basically like those little egg bites that you can get at Starbucks, but with leftover stuffing added into the mix. In addition to the eggs and stuffing, I also added leftover turkey and spinach. So it’s like little single-serving baked eggs with meat, vegetables, and stuffing. Super tasty, super portable, and the perfect make-ahead breakfast!

Choose Your Ingredients

These great little muffins are a super flexible way to combine your Thanksgiving leftovers into a “new” meal and avoid Thanksgiving burnout. The bulk of this recipe is leftover stuffing (dressing), but you can add a variety of other ingredients into the mix and make them your own. Here are some other ingredients that would taste awesome in these Leftover Stuffing Muffins:

  • Chopped broccoli
  • Chopped ham
  • Roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash
  • Chopped green beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Cheese (cheddar, brie, mozzarella, feta, goat)

Whatever you decide to add, make sure it’s chopped into small pieces!

Bake it as a Casserole

While I haven’t done this yet, you could definitely bake this as a breakfast casserole, just like a strata. This amount of ingredients would probably fit an an 8×8 or 9×9-inch casserole dish. You’ll need to bake it until the center reaches an internal temperature of 160ºF.

How Long Do They Last?

You’ll want to either freeze or eat these leftover stuffing muffins within a few days, assuming you made them the day after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there’s no exact lifespan of dishes like this because the freshness and safety of leftovers can depend on so many different things, like how long the ingredients stayed at room temperature before they were refrigerated, the conditions within your refrigerator, and how quickly they were able to cool down once inside the refrigerator. When in doubt, play it safe!

close up of a stuffing muffin that has been bitten into
Close up of leftover stuffing muffins on a cooling rack

Leftover Stuffing Muffins

Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers in these customizable savory Leftover Stuffing Muffins. The perfect grab-and-go breakfast!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 143kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp butter (for greasing the muffin tin)
  • 3 cups prepared stuffing or dressing
  • 1 cup chopped turkey or ham
  • 1/4 lb. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with butter, oil, or non-stick spray. Thaw and squeeze the spinach dry.
  • Add the stuffing, turkey, and spinach to a bowl, then stir gently to combine without breaking up the stuffing too much.
  • Divide the stuffing mixture between all 12 wells of the muffin tin. Leave the stuffing loosely packed in the cups so that the egg mixture can fill in around the stuffing.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Divide the egg mixture among the 12 wells, starting with 2 Tbsp per muffin and then adding a little bit more until all of the egg mixture has been used. The egg will not fully cover the stuffing, it will puff up as it bakes.
  • Bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the top. Allow the muffins to cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges to loosen and remove each muffin. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 347mg | Fiber: 2g

How to Make Leftover Stuffing Muffins – Step by Step Photos

Greased muffin tin

Start by preheating the oven to 375ºF. Grease a muffin tin with butter, oil, or non-stick spray.

Stuffing muffin ingredients in a bowl, not mixed

First, mix together your solid ingredients. This is where you can get creative. I used 3 cups of leftover herb stuffing, 1 cup of chopped Thanksgiving turkey, and 1/4 lb. of frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry). Whatever you use, make sure it’s chopped into small pieces and all vegetables have been cooked down to remove most of their moisture. 

Muffin ingredients stirred together in a bowl

Gently stir the ingredients together until combined. Try not to stir too vigorously because that moist stuffing can kind of turn into a paste if stirred too much, and you want this mixture to remain chunky.

Solid ingredients added to the muffin tin

Divide the stuffing mixture between the 12 wells of a muffin tin. Do not pack the stuffing down into the well, you want there to be some empty space to be filled in with the egg mixture.

milk and eggs in a bowl with a whisk

Whisk together 6 eggs, 2 Tbsp of milk or cream, 1/4 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper. Whisk until it’s really smooth to make it easier to pour into the muffin tins.

Egg mixture being scooped into the muffin tin

Divide the whisked egg mixture between all 12 wells of the muffin tin. To make sure you don’t run out of egg mixture, start by adding just 2 Tbsp to each well, then go back to add a little bit more to each until you’ve used all of the egg mixture. The egg will not fully cover the solid ingredients. The egg will puff up quite a bit as it bakes.

baked leftover stuffing muffins

Bake the Leftover Stuffing Muffins in the preheated 375ºF oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and crispy on the edges. Let them cool slightly, then run a knife around the edges to help loosen and remove the muffins.

Close up of leftover stuffing muffins on a cooling rack

Allow them to cool to room temperature, then transfer to an air-tight container to store in the refrigerator or freezer. A quick zap in the microwave will make them hot and breakfast ready!

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Turkey Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

This Turkey Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Topping screams comfort food! A delicious way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Topping As a kid I LOVED when my mom made turkey pot pie with leftover Thanskgiving turkey. I lightened up the classic pot pie by skipping the crust and […]

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This Turkey Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Topping screams comfort food! A delicious way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Mashed Sweet Potato Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

As a kid I LOVED when my mom made turkey pot pie with leftover Thanskgiving turkey. I lightened up the classic pot pie by skipping the crust and topping it with a healthier sweet potato topping. The salty-sweet combination is heavenly, feels like Thanksgiving in a bowl! Sweet Potatoes are loaded with fiber, protein, vitamins A and C, and potassium. For more healthy leftover Thanksgiving turkey recipes try these Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Empanadas, Turkey Pot Pie with Stuffing Crust or this Turkey Pot Pie Soup.

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Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust

These golden, crisp Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust, pan-fried or air-fried, are a quick weeknight dish the whole family will love! Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust These breaded Parmesan-Crusted Turkey Cutlets are lightly pan-fried in just enough oil and butter so that they taste delicious without being greasy or high in calories. They’re super simple […]

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These golden, crisp Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust, pan-fried or air-fried, are a quick weeknight dish the whole family will love!

Breaded Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust
Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust

These breaded Parmesan-Crusted Turkey Cutlets are lightly pan-fried in just enough oil and butter so that they taste delicious without being greasy or high in calories. They’re super simple to make – just season the meat with salt and pepper, dip in egg whites, and then coat in the breadcrumb-parmesan mixture. My family and I love them with fresh lemon squeezed on top. More breaded cutlet recipes we love are these Breaded Chicken Cutlets with Deconstructed Guacamole and Breaded Pork Cutlets with Lime.

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Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers

These super simple Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers are the BEST homemade burgers around. Simple ingredients with TONS of flavor!

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Ever since I made my own Homemade Ranch Seasoning the floodgates of recipe ideas have been opened. Ranch seasoning adds so much delicious, tangy, herby flavor to everything, including burgers. These Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers are so stupid easy and crazy delicious that I might just never go out for burgers again. And as always, I’ve got plenty of ingredient options for you below. 👇

an oval platter with turkey burgers on a tiled surface

It’s All About the Ranch Seasoning

ALL of the flavor in these turkey burgers comes from ranch seasoning mix. I used my own homemade ranch seasoning, but you can just make this quick and easy using a store-bought packet of Hidden Valley (or any other brand) of ranch seasoning. You’ll need one packet, which is about 3 Tbsp.

Can I Use a Different Type of Meat?

Yes, you can make your bacon ranch burgers using ground beef, ground pork, or even ground chicken. I chose turkey because the light flavor doesn’t compete too much with the ranch seasoning, and I like the texture of ground turkey better than ground chicken.

You’ll want to use ground meat with a little fat to keep the burgers moist and tender.

Close up side view of a ranch turkey burger held in hands

Other Burger Topping Ideas

I topped my burgers with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise, so it was kind of like a BLT on steroids. But you can change up the toppings if you’re not a fan of what I used. Here are some other topping ideas that would work well with these ranch burgers:

  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Red onion
  • Ranch dressing
  • French fried onions
  • Coleslaw
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Comeback sauce

What to Serve with Ranch Burgers

I served my Ranch Burgers with some baked fries, but there are so many delicious sides that would go great with these burgers. A little potato salad would be awesome, or maybe some Broccoli Pasta Salad, Classic Creamy Coleslaw, or a simple side salad.

Side view of a platter full of bacon ranch turkey burgers
Close up side view of a ranch turkey burger held in hands

Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers

These super simple Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers are the BEST homemade burgers around. Simple ingredients with TONS of flavor!
Total Cost $12.15 recipe / $3.04 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 541kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon $2.99
  • 1 lb. ground turkey $3.99
  • 3 Tbsp ranch seasoning mix* $0.53
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 4 slices cheese (optional) $1.15
  • 4 hamburger buns $1.25
  • 1 tomato $1.40
  • 4 leaves lettuce $0.55
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise $0.25

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon using the directions on the package or the method of your choice (skillet, oven, microwave) until brown and crispy.
  • Add the ground turkey to a bowl along with the ranch seasoning mix. Using your hands, mix the ranch seasoning into the ground turkey.
  • Divide the ground turkey into four equal amounts, then shape into burger patties. The meat will contract quite a bit as it cooks, so make the patties quite wide and flat (about 4.5 inches in diameter).
  • Add a little cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium. Once the skillet is hot, add the burger patties and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until the burgers are browned and cooked through.
  • If using cheese, add a slice of cheese to each burger, place a lid on the skillet and allow the heat to melt the cheese.
  • While the burgers are cooking, slice the tomato. Build the burgers using the buns, tomatoes, lettuce, cooked bacon, and mayonnaise. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can use store-bought or homemade ranch seasoning. If your ranch seasoning is in bulk rather than a single packet, use about 3 Tbsp.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 1385mg | Fiber: 1g
a bacon ranch turkey burger in a basket with fries

How to Make Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers – Step by Step Photos

cooked bacon strips on a paper towel lined plate

Cook 8 strips of bacon until brown and crispy using either the instructions on the package or your favorite method. I like to cook my bacon in the oven. Here is my tutorial on how to cook bacon in the oven.

ground turkey in a bowl with ranch seasoning

Add one pound ground turkey to a bowl with 3 Tbsp (one packet) ranch seasoning or homemade ranch seasoning mix. Mix the seasoning into the meat until evenly combined.

Shaped turkey burger patties

Divide the meat into four equal portions and then shape them into patties. The meat will contract quite a bit as it cooks, so make them much wider and flatter than you want the final burger to be. My patties were about 4.5 inches wide when raw. Ground turkey can be quite soft and wet compared to ground beef, but don’t let that worry you.

Cooked turkey burgers in a skillet, two with cheese on top

Add some cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add your burgers (you can do two batches if they’re too big to all fit) and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until well browned and cooked through. If using cheese, add a slice of cheese on top, place a lid on the skillet, and allow the heat to melt the cheese.

Burgers being assembled on a platter with ingredients on the sides

Assemble your cooked turkey burgers with buns, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and mayo. Then DIG IN! :)

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Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomato

This quick, one-pot Ground Turkey Skillet with zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and black beans is great for weeknight dinner or meal prep! Ground Turkey Skillet I just love an easy weeknight recipe you can whip up all in one skillet. This dish has all the flavors of summer with fresh zucchini, corn, and tomato. It’s a […]

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This quick, one-pot Ground Turkey Skillet with zucchini, corn, tomatoes, and black beans is great for weeknight dinner or meal prep!

Ground Turkey with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomatoes in a skillet.
Ground Turkey Skillet

I just love an easy weeknight recipe you can whip up all in one skillet. This dish has all the flavors of summer with fresh zucchini, corn, and tomato. It’s a full meal in one – although if you wish, you can serve it with a grain. This ground turkey skillet is inspired by my Santa Fe Stuffed Zucchini but simplifiedand cooked in under 20 minutes. More of my favorite skillet recipes to try are this Beef Picadillo Recipe and this Cheesy Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Skillet.

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Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap

This Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap is so easy, stuffed with classic burger ingredients and wrapped in a crunchy tortilla. Use any burger meat you wish here! Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap Recently I shared this Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap on my Instagram and Pinterest feed and it pretty much went viral! So many of you asked for the recipe […]

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This Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap is so easy, stuffed with classic burger ingredients and wrapped in a crunchy tortilla. Use any burger meat you wish here!

Turkey Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap
Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap

Recently I shared this Cheeseburger Crunch Wrap on my Instagram and Pinterest feed and it pretty much went viral! So many of you asked for the recipe so here it is. Inspired by Taco Bell’s popular Crunch Wrap Supreme, only with hamburger ingredients on a low-carb wrap for a fun twist on the classic. For more unique cheeseburger recipes, try my Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers, Cheeseburger Soup, and Cheeseburger Salad.

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Turkey Picadillo

Turkey Picadillo is a lighter alternative to my favorite Cuban beef picadillo recipe only much leaner, and made with ground turkey instead. Turkey Picadillo Growing up in a Latin home, beef picadillo was on dinner rotation as a kid. It’s also one of the first things I learned how to cook. It’s a 30 minute […]

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Turkey Picadillo is a lighter alternative to my favorite Cuban beef picadillo recipe only much leaner, and made with ground turkey instead.

Turkey Picadillo with rice and slaw on a plate.
Turkey Picadillo

Growing up in a Latin home, beef picadillo was on dinner rotation as a kid. It’s also one of the first things I learned how to cook. It’s a 30 minute dish, while it cooks I cook my rice in another pot so everything is ready at the same time. Serve it with a quick slaw for a little acidity and dinner is ready! My family loves it with beef, but some nights I like to switch it up with turkey as a leaner option. I personally am not a fan of 99% lean turkey, it’s too dry for my taste so I use 93% lean ground turkey instead. Leftovers are great in tacos, empanadas or quesadillas.

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Italian Turkey Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner

Italian Turkey Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner made with the most tender turkey meatballs and roasted vegetables for an easy one-pot meal. Italian Turkey Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner These turkey meatballs are seasoned like Italian sausage with fennel seeds, paprika, and red pepper. They’re incredibly light and tender – the tip is adding chicken broth to […]

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Italian Turkey Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner made with the most tender turkey meatballs and roasted vegetables for an easy one-pot meal.

Enjoy this Italian Turkey Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner with the most tender turkey meatballs made from scratch and seasoned vegetables for an easy meal.
Italian Turkey Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner

These turkey meatballs are seasoned like Italian sausage with fennel seeds, paprika, and red pepper. They’re incredibly light and tender – the tip is adding chicken broth to the meat. I roasted them with cauliflower, broccoli, and red bell peppers, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Perfect for meal prep too! For more healthy sheet pan dinner recipes, try my Shrimp and Andouille Sheet Pan Dinner, Sheet Pan Turkey Meatloaf and Broccoli, and Sheet Pan Balsamic-Herb Chicken and Vegetables.

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Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Ground turkey can be kind of, well, boring if you don’t dress it up right. That’s why for these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers I added fun add-ins to the burger patty for maximum flavor and color. And instead of the ketchup and mustard treatment, these juicy burgers get a homemade lemon dill yogurt sauce, crunchy slices […]

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Ground turkey can be kind of, well, boring if you don’t dress it up right. That’s why for these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers I added fun add-ins to the burger patty for maximum flavor and color. And instead of the ketchup and mustard treatment, these juicy burgers get a homemade lemon dill yogurt sauce, crunchy slices of cucumber, and a few slivers of red onion. If you’re looking to change up your burger game, these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers are it!

Originally posted 3-26-2011, updated 4-9-2021.

Overhead view of a mediterranean turkey burger, top bun off, on a paper lined plate next to cucumber salad

Can the Turkey Burgers be Grilled?

Yes, you can definitely grill these burgers instead of cooking them in a skillet. An outdoor grill or even an indoor countertop grill, like a George Foreman grill, will work great.

Why 19 oz. of Ground Turkey?

I’ll never understand why, but some brands sell ground turkey in 19 oz. packages instead of one-pound packages (if you work in that industry and know why, please let me know). If you can only find a one-pound package of ground turkey, you can still make this recipe. I wouldn’t adjust any other ingredients, just make four patties instead of five and they’ll be a little extra flavorful. 

What to Serve with Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Since I had a half cucumber and red onion leftover from the recipe, I used them to make a small batch of my Super Fresh Cucumber Salad. It’s the perfect light side to these burgers. You could also serve them with something like Steak Fries, Mediterranean White Bean Salad, Quinoa Tabbouleh, or a simple green salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, and a vinaigrette). 

Can I Use Fresh Spinach?

Yes, you can use fresh spinach in this recipe instead of frozen, if you prefer. I suggest chopping the spinach until it’s in small pieces so it’s easier to mix into the meat. You may also want to sauté it briefly in a skillet to get some of the water out. You’ll want about ¼ cup once sautéed.

Side view of a closed Mediterranean Turkey Burger on a paper lined plate

 

Overhead view of an open faced Mediterranean Turkey Burger on a paper lined plate with cucumber salad on the side

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Spinach, sun dried tomatoes, feta, and a dilly yogurt sauce make these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers full of flavor and color.
Total Cost $10.18 recipe / $2.04 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 396.62kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt $0.50
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.02

Turkey Burgers

  • 19 oz. ground turkey* $3.89
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes $0.83
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion $0.08
  • 2 oz. frozen spinach (1 cup when frozen) $0.25
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta $0.57
  • 1 tsp dried oregano $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04

For Serving

  • 5 hamburger buns $3.04
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced $0.75

Instructions

  • Make the lemon dill yogurt sauce first. Stir together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, dried dill, and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Prepare the add-ins for the turkey burgers. Finely chop the sun dried tomatoes, mince or finely dice the red onion, crumble the feta, and then thaw and squeeze all the moisture out of the frozen spinach (2 oz. will be about 1 cup when frozen, ¼ cup when thawed and squeezed dry).
  • Add the ground turkey, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, spinach, dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt to a bowl. Mix the ingredients together until evenly combined.
  • Divide and shape the turkey mixture into five burger patties. Make them flatter and wider than usual because they will shrink up and in as they cook.
  • Heat ½ Tbsp cooking oil in a skillet over medium. Once hot, add three of the turkey burgers and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until browned and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining cooking oil and the rest of the burger patties.
  • To serve, smear some of the lemon dill yogurt sauce on a bun. Add a turkey burger, some sliced cucumber, and sliced red onion, then enjoy.

Notes

*I used 93% lean ground turkey

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 396.62kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.58g | Protein: 30.8g | Fat: 16.16g | Sodium: 602.96mg | Fiber: 2.32g

Close up side view of a mediterranean turkey burger, open-faced

How to Make Mediterranean Turkey Burgers – Step By Step Photos

lemon, garlic powder, and dried dill being stirred into yogurt

Make the lemon dill yogurt sauce first, so the flavors have a little time to blend. Stir together ½ cup Greek yogurt, ½ Tbsp lemon juice, ⅛ tsp garlic powder, ⅛ tsp dried dill, and ⅛ tsp salt. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to use. And yes, you can use plain non-Greek yogurt if needed, it just makes a less thick sauce. :)

Chopped burger add-ins on a cutting board

Prepare the burger add-ins. Chop about ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes (I use the dry pack, not the kind packed in oil), mince or finely dice ¼ cup red onion (save the rest to slice and place on the burgers), crumble 1 oz. feta (about ¼ cup), and thaw then squeeze all the moisture out of 2 oz. frozen spinach. The spinach is about 1 cup when frozen, ¼ cup after it has been thawed and squezed dry.

Ground turkey and burger add-ins in a bowl

Place 19 oz. ground turkey, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, spinach, 1 tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp garlic powder, and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl (sorry, I forgot the oregano, garlic powder, and salt until after the photo was taken).

Turkey burger mixture in the bowl

Mix the ingredients into the ground turkey until it’s all evenly mixed.

Shaped Turkey Burgers on an orange cutting board

Divide and shape the meat mixture into five burger patties. Make the patties thinner and wider than you’d expect because they do shrink up and inward as you cook them.

Three cooked turkey burgers in a skillet

To cook the burgers in a skillet, add ½ Tbsp cooking oil to a skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add a few of the burger patties and cook on each side for 5-7 minutes, or until well browned and cooked through. Repeat with the second half of the oil and the remaining burger patties.

Overhead view of an open faced Mediterranean Turkey Burger on a paper lined plate with cucumber salad on the side

To serve, spread some of the lemon dill yogurt sauce on a bun, add a cooked burger patty and a few slices of cucumber and red onion. Enjoy!

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