MarocBaba’s Mediterranean Turkey and Olive Burger

In American Food by Amanda Mouttaki13 Comments

I have to admit the creation of this burger was not only my own.  I had the help and the labor was done by my husband.  There is nothing that says summer more than a burger on the grill.  It is THE smell of summer isn’t it?  The problem at our house is that no one is a big carnivore.  There’s no way I could eat a 1/4 lb burger.  I’ve even seen advertising for even bigger burgers.  Not going to happen here.

I found a really great deal on ground turkey and as MarocBaba and I were talking about possible ways to use it this idea took stage. It’s been fun as he has gotten more involved in planning and thinking about great meals.  He once was stuck in this small box of food variety but has really been expanding his food world lately.  Most of the ingredients in here we talked through but I’ll let him take credit for this little creation.


  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped Lindsay Manzanilla Olives
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 onion diced finely
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
Finely dice the onions and cut the olives into slices.  In a large mixing bowl add the ground turkey and all of the spices, onions, olives, feta and garlic.  You can use a spoon to mix together but really it will be much better if you use your hands.



Break into pieces and shape into patties.



Preheat your grill and start cooking!



Remember if you’re using ground turkey it has less fat than ground beef and will cook faster.  Cook on a lower temperature and pay attention to them while cooking.



We ate these on toasted gluten-free bread but feel free to slide them onto a great hamburger bun.


What do you think?  What kind of variations on this burger appeal to you?
*Disclaimer:  I was compensated by Lindsay Olives to create these recipes and share these posts.  As always I do not endorse products that I do not believe in.  All recipes are my own creations for this post series.  
Amanda MouttakiMarocBaba’s Mediterranean Turkey and Olive Burger


  1. Daria

    Have to admit, the burgers with olive slices inside don’t appeal to me at all. Then again, I don’t like olives, so obstacle number 1 right there. :)

    (stopping by from #momspark love, brag page)

  2. Charity L.

    YUMMY!! These look delicious:) Our family is a big fan of olives but I have never thought of using them in a burger before. Will have to try it out. Thanks!

  3. L.L.

    it’s kinda hard to read comments on this background, just so u know…..

    1. Author

      When I look at it the background is white with black writing – does it look different for you? It might be your browser?

  4. L.L.

    Sound yummy! Too bad hubby and I don’t have a grill:(
    What do u think is more safer (for a first time griller): Charcoal or gas? My dad has a charcoal and he likes it alot better than gas.

    1. Author

      We have both a charcoal and gas grill and paid less than $50 for each. Charcoal has a good taste but can be messy and take time to heat up etc. The gas grill tastes good too and is (in my opinion) less messy. It’s much easy to get started and cooks faster.

  5. katy

    I’m totally trying this. And I have to say, I’ve been doing a lot of veggie burgers lately (low-fat and quick), and instead of a bun, I’ve been using toasted low-cal sandwich breads ( and they are awesome for hamburgers! Hmm. I think with that, I’d go for tzaziki sauce instead of typical ketchup/mustard, and a touch of harissa. :) Keep those delish recipes comin’!

  6. Chantilly Patiño

    Wow! These look awesome! I’m big on olives…love them! So I’ve been watching all these olive recipes…lol. This one looks so delicious, especially with turkey and feta! YUM! I will definitely be trying this soon!

  7. Dan

    Those burgers look awesome! I like that there’s no empty filler in there (breadcrumbs, etc.). Then it’s just mini-meatloaf :-)

    I’ll need to that recipe soon.

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