This Greek turkey burger with spinach and feta is a welcome twist on the classic beef burger. With Greek flavor and lean meat, this is a burger you can throw together for a quick and healthy weeknight meal.
I love a good burger. It is honestly beyond me how some people spend too much money on overpriced take away burgers, when you can whip things like these bad boys up in 15 minutes for a fraction of the cost. Burgers are so easy to make, and the ones you make from scratch in your kitchen always taste the best. A lemony Greek turkey burger with spinach and feta, Baked Turkey Burgers, Crispy Chicken Burger or a spicy beef burger - it's definitely worth learning how you can make your own delicious burgers.
Greek turkey burger ingredients
Minced turkey: Can't have a turkey burger without turkey! We use minced meat, as it's very easy to shape into burger patties, and cooks fast. I use the reduced fat version to lower the calories in the dish, but any type will work.
Feta cheese: Brings some nice texture and flavor to the burger patties. Feta cheese doesn't melt like most types of cheese. Instead it goes warm and soft and lovely.
Spinach: The spinach adds a bit of flavor to the burger patties, and pairs incredibly well with feta cheese.
Egg and breadcrumbs: This magic combo makes sure that the burger patties keep their shape, and don't crumble during cooking. Feel free to use gluten free breadcrumbs or egg replacement powder for an allergy friendly option.
Dill, thyme and lemon: Flavor, flavor, flavor! We're done with tasteless, boring burgers, and this herby, flavorful trio brings this burger to completely new levels - love it! Can be substituted for other herbs if you don't have them available.
How to make a Greek turkey burger with spinach and feta
Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl. To make things easier, you want to crumble the feta up a bit as you add it. Use your hands or a kitchen machine to blend everything to a cohesive burger dough. It should all stick together nicely. Then, split the mixture in 6 equal parts, or 4 parts if you want to make big burgers. Keep in mind that unlike the burgers you buy frozen, these will not decrease in size when you cook them, so the size of the burgers that you put in the pan, is the size of the burgers that end up in your bun.
Flatten each burger and use your hands to shape them to proper burgers. You should aim to have the same thickness through the whole burger so that they cook evenly.
Heat some one calorie cooking spray in a pan on medium heat, and cook the burgers in batches. Cook until the underside is golden in color, then flip and cook on the other side. The burgers are done after cooking a few minutes on either side. The meat should be completely cooked and white throughout with no pink spots.
Serve in burger buns, or lettuce leaves with your favorite burger toppings.
Note: Keep in mind that eating raw turkey, or anything that has been in contact with raw turkey, is dangerous and can give you food poisoning. Make sure to keep different utensils and surfaces for the raw and cooked meat. Always wash your hands after touching raw turkey.
Storing these burgers
This recipe makes 6 regular burgers, or 4 massive ones. If you have any leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen burgers thoroughly before reheating them in a pan, microwave or oven.
I love cooking burgers in a large batch. This recipe can easily be multiplied to fill your freezer with tasty burger patties. Super handy for quick dinners on busy weeknights, or to prepare meals if you have a hectic period of time coming up.
What to serve with a Greek turkey burger
First, let's talk about burger toppings. For a Greek turkey burger with spinach, red onion, spinach and tomatoes are great. If you want to add more cheese, I suggest trying whipped feta. Tzatziki is also great in a Greek burger. If you want to serve the burgers with a side dish, green beans or garlic parmesan potato wedges are both amazing.
I also prefer to serve any burger with a side salad. Orzo salad with spinach, feta and lemon is an excellent choice that uses the same flavor profile as the burgers. Mediterranean chickpea salad is another good choice that adds more protein to the meal as well as a variety of vegetables.
More quick and family friendly dinner recipes
- Spicy beef burger
- Balsamic maple glazed salmon
- Pasta with broccoli and chicken
- Pasta with roasted tomatoes, feta and basil
Greek turkey burger with spinach and feta
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl, and combine to an incorporated dough.
- Split the mixture in 6 pieces, and shape them to burger patties using your hands.
- Heat some cooking spray in a frying pan and cook until cooked through, about 5 minutes on both sides. There should not be any pink left throughout the burger at all.
- Serve on burger buns or lettuce leaves with your favorite burger toppings.