Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers
Today I’m bringing you one of the go-to easy dinner recipes!
Whenever we don’t feel like cooking and just want something quick, we turn to these Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers.
These burgers only require a few quick minutes of prepping and 8 minutes on the grill, so they can be ready in a flash. Plus, the ingredients needed are very minimal, making this an easy choice.
How to make Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers
Most burgers require some kind of binder, like an egg, but we’re skipping that step here. It’s worth noting that omitting any kind of binder does make these burger patties very delicate, but I don’t find it to be an issue! As long as you handle them carefully getting them into the grill, you’ll be A-OK.
All we need is a few basic ingredients: ground turkey, feta, spinach, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. That’s it!
Mix it all up with your hands and we’ll be almost ready to go…
As you may notice, we’re not adding full spinach leaves in here- we’re cooking down the spinach briefly in the microwave and squeezing out as much water as possible before adding it into our turkey mixture.
If we were to add full spinach leaves, we’d have a ton of extra moisture in our burgers. Spinach is made up of mostly water, and when it cooks down, all of that water is released. By very briefly cooking the spinach first, we’re avoiding that issue!
At this point, all we have to do is break the turkey mixture into 4 roughly equal-sized pieces, then form them into patties.
I just use a plate to flatten them out into patties, but don’t worry if they’re not perfectly round. Mine very rarely look perfect, mostly because the mixture is very delicate, but it holds together just fine.
Perfection is overrated, anyways.
If you’re worried by how delicate the burgers are going onto the grill, don’t sweat it! As the burgers cook (for 4 minutes on the first side) they firm up well, so it’s very easy to flip ’em over when needed.
4 more minutes on the other side is all we need to have wonderfully juicy, flavorful turkey burgers.
Since these Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers are Greek-inspired, I decided to top them with a simple Greek yogurt mixture.
I didn’t measure my quantities, but I added some plain, nonfat Greek yogurt to a bowl with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder (to taste) to create my own simple yogurt sauce.
Feel free to get creative with your toppings, though. Hummus would also work very well here, or you could stick with the classics like ketchup if that’s more your style.
- 1 Pound 93/7 Ground Turkey
- 4 Cups Fresh Spinach (can also use frozen)
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 42g Low Fat Feta Cheese (or regular feta)
- 4 Brioche Buns
- Greek Yogurt for topping (can use any toppings, though)
- Fire up the grill on med-high heat and let that go while you prep the burgers.
- Add 4 cups of spinach to a bowl and microwave for about 1 minute to cook them down. Wrap the spinach in a towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. If you're using frozen spinach, thaw it out in the microwave.
- In a large bowl, combine your spinach with the ground turkey, feta, and seasoning. Mix it up with your hands until it's all fully mixed together.
- I don't weigh out my burgers, and I just eyeball them to make 4 roughyl equal sized burgers. Break off some of the mixture, then flatten it out on a plate to create burger patties. *Note that we're not using any binders here like egg or breadcrumbs, so the burgers are going to be very delicate- they firm up when they cook, so just be careful with them!
- Once the grill is at about 500 degrees F, add your burgers. Like I mentioned, they're going to be very delicate, but they firm up as they cook so they're easy to fip.
- Cook for about 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 4 minutes (temperatures vary, so make sure the turkey is fully cooked if you're unsure).
- I made a simple mixture of Greek yogurt and some seasoning to top my burger, but you can use ketchup, hummus, or anything else you'd like! Assemble the burgers on your buns and dig in.
- These burgers don't use a binder because I like to whip these up as quickly as possible. If you find them too delicate, you can mix an egg into the burgers, but it will obviously add a little bit of calories.
- If you want to use 99% lean turkey, that should work here, but I did not test it.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 Burger (Bun Included)
Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 12.5gCarbohydrates 25gProtein 35g
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