Mini Turkish Turkey Burgers

Mini Turkish Turkey Burgers

Yes, you traveled through Istanbul last summer and not once did anyone feed you such a thing. I know. But these kebab-inspired one-bite burgers are entirely delicious, if not wholly authentic. Plus, we couldn't resist making something out of turkey — great to keep in mind for Thanksgiving leftovers. A tip on dried mint: When in need, I use the contents of a Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea bag.

For a delicious and healthy dinner organized around the Turkish principle of meze — that beloved "a little of this, a little of that" style of dining that is also referred to as grazing, tapas, or "too lazy to make a main course" — combine these tasty burgers with borek (a feta pastry), shepherd's salad, or hummus. And don't forget the Middle Eastern dessert.

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 24 burgers


    Minty Yogurt Sauce, divided (see below recipe)
    1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses ($6 for 10 ounces, or 2 tablespoons lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint or 1/2 teaspoon dried
    1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
    3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
    2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce, the pomegranate molasses (or lemon juice and sugar), cumin, salt, garlic, and mint. Add the turkey and bread crumbs, and combine gently until the mixture looks uniform (I use my hands for this). Using a heaping tablespoon for each, form the turkey into 24 small, flat burgers, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  2. Heat the oil in a very large nonstick skillet (if you've got a smaller pan, plan to do this in batches) over medium heat, then fry the burgers until they're nicely browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes a side. Serve them with the rest of the yogurt sauce for dunking or in pita pockets with the sauce drizzled over.

Minty Yogurt Sauce

    1 cup Greek-style plain yogurt
    1 garlic clove, peeled and pressed
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint or 1/2 teaspoon dried


  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl (this task can distract a child while you're busy wrangling the raw turkey).

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