Greek Inspired Turkey Burgers
If you were to tell me two years ago that I would LOVE turkey burgers, I would probably slap you in the face. For some reason, I had a fear of cooking with turkey meat. It was so foreign to me. That was, until one day, I was craving a hamburger. As I wandered down my favorite section of Kroger (the meat and seafood department), I decided to take a walk on the wild side and pick up a pack of ground turkey meat. I was between pay days and I didn't want to buy too many other ingredients, so I wanted to work with what I already had in my fridge. Luckily, I'm never short on spinach and cheese. The results were delicious and actually made me want to step a little farther out of my food comfort zone. I won't be trying tofu or anything quite yet though. I call these burgers "Greek inspired" because I read somewhere that they don't actually eat turkey burgers in Greece.
Ingredients (makes 4-6 patties)
1 pound of ground turkey meat
1/4 cup of diced onion (I used yellow but red will work too)
1/4 cup of crumbled feta
1/4 cup of chopped spinach
1 teaspoon of dill
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and pepper
Start by roughly chopping the spinach and dicing the onion. I'm lazy so I buy the packaged diced onion to make things easier.
Add the ground turkey, onion, feta, spinach, egg and dill to a large mixing bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Prepare to get a little messy.
Mix the ingredients by hand, then form the patties. I'm still working on my patty shaping skills so I had some big and some small. I was able to make six.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the patties and let them cook for about 5 minutes on each side. You may be tempted to check your patties, but don't. Let them do their thing. Once the patties are finished, put them on a paper towel covered plate.
These next steps are optional and depend entirely on what toppings you want to have on your burger.
I toasted a whole wheat hamburger bun, added a store bought yogurt and dill dressing (I used Kiihne brand) to the burger, then completed it with a slice of tomato. Here are some other toppings I recommend: red onion, cucumber, lettuce or tzatziki sauce.
These burgers are a perfect post-workout protein boost. I'll definitely be adding these to my regular dinner menu.