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Olive Feta Turkey Burgers (with Tzatziki Sauce)



OK, folks. For those of you asking for bulk, make-ahead P90x recipes, this is one that you can prepare ahead and freeze either cooked or raw. We don’t really get of tired olives and Feta at our house, so I decided that olive and Feta turkey burgers were long overdue!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb ground turkey
  • 8 oz. (2 packages) Feta cheese
  • 8 oz. green olives (mine had pimentos in them)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(If you plan to use Tzatziki Sauce for dipping, make it first using the recipe below so that it can refrigerate while you make these.) Dice olives. In a huge bowl, mix turkey, Feta, and olives together. Generously sprinkle with pepper and salt, to taste. Form into 8 burger patties – they’ll each be around 6 oz. Separate with wax paper and freeze in a Ziploc bag. Then you can remove them and cook them up as needed. Alternately, you can cook them up before storing them and heat them in the microwave. To do that, set your broiler to High, line a pan with tin foil, then broil them for 3 minutes each side or until the juices run clear.

P90x Nutrition Plan Servings:
Each Olive Feta Turkey Burger is 2 protein servings, 1 dairy serving, and 1/4 fat serving.

P.S. You’ll notice that my turkey burger looks very dry. That’s because it was! [sniff] lol. I refrigerated mine for a day before cooking, and then overcooked it because it was chilled. The flavor was good, but too dry. I’d recommend bringing them up to room temperature (microwaving on the defrost setting) before cooking, so that they broil a bit faster and retain more moisture.

P.P.S. If this is too much olive and feta for you, try this same type of thing with other types of cheese and vegis as well! This would be good with spinach or mushrooms mixed in there, and with shredded low-fat cheddar or mozzarella!

Tzatziki Sauce

So in the comments below, TJ made an awesome suggestion for a Greek yogurt sauce that would go great as a dipping sauce for these burgers. So here’s a recipe for that!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 Tb. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tb. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 4 oz. container Greek yogurt (regular yogurt would work as well, but might need to be drained on cheesecloth or a paper towel to drain off some liquid)

Combine everything EXCEPT the yogurt in blender until combined. Fold (which means gently stir) the blended mixture into the Greek yogurt. Refrigerate until turkey burgers are ready (the longer the better, as it will help the flavors combine).

P90x Portions for the Sauce
Half of the above recipe will provide 1/2 dairy, 1/2 fat, 1/2 veggie.

P.S. How impressed are you with me for using the word “tzatziki”??!!!

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  1. Kevin

    I’m making these ASAP. I’ve currently eaten and stored your chicken salad (sweet option) with whole wheat honey bread. Very tasty. As well as your Mini Pizzas. These I shared with my friend, who’s also on the p90x diet living off fish… He enjoyed them as well.

  2. Melissa

    DEEE-LISH!!!!

  3. TJ

    Hi,

    My husband and I just started P90X this week and its a GREAT workout! Our goals are both to gain lean muscle mass and lose weight.

    I wasn’t going to follow the nutrition plan at first but my husband wants to so I am doing it with him. I was getting frazzled a bit over how we were going to stick to it and I came across your site.

    I have made these twice now, except with ground chicken breast instead of turkey. OMG YUMMMMMMM!!! they are SO SO good! I made them into meatballs instead and then served them with a sauce made with pureed roasted yellow peppers (red would work too), a little bit of chicken broth, chili powder, and some light cream cheese. I also served a small salad on the side 🙂

    these would also be good served with a tzaziki sauce (greek yogurt sauce)!

    Thanks for posting your recipes online–this will be a BIG help to us!

    1. CJ =)

      Wow, these are GREAT alterations TJ!!! Thanks for sharing! What an awesome idea for the sauce!!!! I’m totally going to try this. =)

    2. CJ =)

      Hey TJ, just wanted to mention that my husband read your comment and totally started drooling over your pepper sauce idea. I’m so excited to try it this way! =) Thanks again for sharing, and keep letting me know if you come up with any other great ideas like this!! – CJ =)

  4. Josh

    I have a quick question. I just made up a bunch of patties and they weigh about 6 oz apiece like your recipe says. Do you take account the fact that after you cook it they will weigh a lot less? I was wondering how the protein servings work. If you cook 6 oz and after it’s done only weighs 3 oz will that be 2 protein servings or just one? I know I’ve cooked chicken breasts that weigh 9 oz frozen and after they’re done cooking only weigh 6 oz. This is something I’ve always wondered. Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Josh!
      Meat is measured raw, so your 6 oz. patty is measured before it’s cooked. (I’ve double checked this one before with the Beachbody staff on the message boards, because this is a common question, and that’s the official word!)
      Also:
      – Pasta and rice are measured AFTER they are cooked.
      – Veggies are measured cooked, except for leafy greens, which are measured raw. =)
      I hope that helps!
      – CJ =)

  5. tobby

    Important note….when making the sauce you really need to remove the seeds and such….otherwise the sauce will be very runny…….not having had this sauce before i figured i could just grind the seeds how bad could it be…….well it was very watery….fyi

  6. Lori

    Don’t forget to add Feta cheese to the shopping list! I was reading ahead for tomorrow’s meals and realized we didn’t have Feta cheese. 😉 Looking forward to tasting this one tomorrow. Have loved everything else so far. Thanks for all you’ve done to pull this info together.

  7. Shannon

    I bought the e book and am on day 6 of my p90 x journey. These are tomrrow’s dinner but I noticed on Day 7 in your menu you have “there will be 2 left over” but on the actual recipe you call for making 8 burger patties. Just wanted to point out some things because I am trying to follow your awesome plan. Thank you CJ!

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