Summer Harvest Part 1: Mediterranean-Inspired Turkey Burger with Couscous Salad

Social media feeds have been flooded with pictures of colorful crops, and I thought I’d share what our family has been doing this summer with the vegetables harvested from our raised garden.

My husband Travis enjoys experimenting with different flavors and cooking techniques. He has the gift of tasting food in a restaurant and recreating a very similar dish in our kitchen. With a decent amount of tomatoes and cucumbers on hand and a love for Mediterranean food, he came up with a fresh and delicious turkey burger recipe.


  • 2.5 pounds ground turkey (93% lean / 7% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped and packed
  • light olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, mix the seasonings into the turkey.
  2. Portion the turkey into the desired number of servings.
  3. Press the meat into the shape of a football to fit inside a pita pocket.
  4. Patties may be frozen. Separate single layers of burgers with wax paper and pack in plastic freezer bag.
  5. If using immediately, drizzle light olive oil on both side of patties. (The turkey has a lower fat content, and the addition of the olive oil prevents a dry burger).
  6. Grill the patties until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Our family has enjoyed these burgers on pita or sandwich thins. We dress the bread with either Tzatziki, hummus, or ranch dressing, and we top the burger with crumbled feta cheese and chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and radishes.

A quick couscous salad makes a great accompaniment to these Mediterranean-inspired turkey burgers.

  1. Cook the couscous according to the directions on the package and let cool.
  2. Chop tomatoes, cucumber, and flat-leaf Italian parsley and combine with couscous.
  3. Squeeze the juice of half of a lemon over the salad. Half of a lime may be used instead.
  4. Add a pinch of salt. Mix and refrigerate.

If you try these turkey burgers, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please reach out to me at