One Bite Challenge: Greek Turtle Eggs

April 12, 2013


Today we’re turning our One Bite Challenge attention to Chris Grove of as he fires up the grill for his signature Greek Turtle Eggs.

 Greek Turtle Eggs on plate

Want an all expenses paid trip to the 2013 Memphis In May BBQ Contest?  Stay tuned until the end of this post for details.
Recently Destination America featured the 2012 Kingsford Invitational.  That contest took the winners of 2012′s biggest BBQ events (Memphis in May, Jack Daniels, American Royal, etc) and pitted them against each other for a winner take all $50,000 best of barbecue championship.  One of curve balls about this competition was a “One Bite Challenge” on the opening night.  Not only was this challenge worth a $5,000 bonus but it also gave them a massively important 1 point lead in the overall judging.

The rules, from what I recall, were that the recipe had to pack in the most flavor

  1. In one bite
  2. with just 5 ingredients
  3. cooked over a glowing bed of Kingsford coal fired grill in one hour.

Here is what my attempt would have been in that event.   These are a spin on the “Turtle Eggs” that I normally do with pork sausage and bbq seasonings.


Greek Turtle Eggs

yield:  12 appetizer portions



  • 1  lb ground chuck
  • 1.5 tsp Greek seasoning
  • 3 oz Neufchatel cheese
  • 3 oz Feta cheese with tomato and basil
  • 3 oz Non-fat Greek yogurt


  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to 400f.
  2. Mix together 1 oz feta cheese and 3 oz of Greek yogurt together in a food processor until thin and set aside.
  3. Make a quick beef sausage by mixing the ground chuck and 1.5 tsp of Greek seasoning.
  4. Mix the cheese stuffing by mixing 4 oz of the neufchatel cheese and 2 oz of seasoned Feta.
  5. Divide the meat mixture into 12 equal ping pong ball sized portions (about 1.5 oz each) and press into  disks.   Top each disk with half teaspoon bit of the cheese mixture.  Bring up the edges and seal the seams.
  6. Grill over direct heat for 10 minutes in a grill pan, turning frequently after the first minute.
  7. Serve with the yogurt sauce.

The competitors played a little loose with Rule # 2 by counting things like “BBQ rub” or “Sweet Chile Sauce” as a single ingredient.  So I won’t say that I was cheating here.  Let’s just say that I “leveraged any ambiguity in the established guidelines in advantage of my favor” by using the Feta cheese that was already loaded with tomato and basil seasonings.

Turtle egg in hamburger patty

The patty should be the size of a thin small hamburger bun.

One Bite Challenge

One method for cooking meatballs on the grill is a specialized basket.

Greek Turtle Eggs on grill

Another method is using a basic grill pan.

Have an idea of what YOU would make if you had a great prize at stake?  Here is your chance.  Kingsford is giving one lucky winner a trip to the 2013 Memphis In May BBQ Contest.  Just go to and enter the One Bite Challenge giveaway.*


* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes ends 11:59 am PT on 4/15/13. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. and D.C., 18 and older. Void where prohibited. View official rules.



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