Spinach and feta turkey burgers are made with simple everyday ingredients, and produce a finished product that is so juicy, flavourful, and surprisingly healthy! I made these once to “test” my recipe and then immediately made them two more times that same week!
Although these burgers are made with simple ingredients, they are a ride for the tastebuds. We are talking super savoury mouthwatering flavours, while still very light and satisfying.
Cooking them on the barbecue gives the outer shell that classic charred barbecue flavour and locks in all of the moisture. Producing a magnificently juicy burger every time.
Keep in mind…
Lean turkey meat is naturally very dry. It has virtually no fat or grease in it at all. With that being said, these patties will hold their original shape. Unlike pork or beef burgers where the burgers shrink to less than half the original size. So when you are forming the patties, just know that they will come off the grill the same size.
Juicy? But, turkey is so bland!
Well this is where the doctoring up the turkey meat comes in!
Because ground turkey meat is so bland, it does need some spices and ingredients that pair well with it to make it juicy and delicious.
If you ask me, the feta is the star in these burgers. The addition of feta adds a much needed hint of salt and a tartness that is just amazing.
For good measure we also add some spinach, red onions, garlic, and oregano.
YUM! I can taste them already!
So, what keeps the burgers from falling apart?
When combined, the egg and breadcrumbs form a super sticky concoction which binds to the meat, filling all empty space and taking care of any air pockets.
Breadcrumbs and egg are the key to making any ground meat stick together well! Keep this in mind for when you are making any kind of homemade burgers or meatballs. 😉
Healthier than a hamburger?
Up for debate.
As I mentioned above, lean turkey meat is perpetually dry and contains virtually no fat or grease whatsoever so if you were to ask me, I would say yes.
Turkey meat is lower in calories than lean ground beef. Ground turkey is also a white meat, which means it is a lot more heart healthy than the alternative.
And we jammed these burgers full of spinach, which, if you have picky eaters, can be a major win! The addition of spinach adds a huge boost of iron and other minerals to the burgers as well!
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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers
- 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
- ½ cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
- ½ medium Red Onion, finely diced
- 50 grams Spinach, cooked and drained well
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
- 1 large Egg
- ⅓ cup Breadcrumbs
- 4 slices Havarti Cheese, optional
- In a large mixing bowl add ground turkey, feta cheese, red onion, spinach, garlic, dried oregano, egg, and breadcrumbs.
- Combine well, I like to use my hands to combine all of the ingredients, but a spatula will work too.
- Separate the mixture into 4 equally sized balls. Press out into the shape of burger patties, keeping the patties around ¾” thick.
- Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes before grilling.
- Heat the grill to 400 F.
- Grill turkey burger patties for 15-20 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes until completely cooked and no pink remains.
- Turn off the grill, place sliced havarti over top of the patties and close the lid to let the cheese melt. About 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately.