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I wasn’t a big fan of turkey burgers. They were always so dry and tasteless. I’m sure sawdust would have been just as good.

Source: EatingWell.com, February 2018

Then Colleen made turkey burgers with this recipe. I admit I was skeptical but was willing to give it a try based on the ingredients. Man, this is some really tasty eats! It won me over.

This recipe, unlike most of the others, is unaltered. The original recipe can be found here and makes 4-quarter-pound plus burgers.

So, if you’d had turkey burgers and thought they were inedible, give this one a try and see if it changes your mind.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 small hamburger buns, preferably whole-wheat, split
  • 4 tablespoons tzatziki (Can’t find it in your store, or you want to make your own, here’s an easy recipe)
  • 12 slices cucumber
  • 8 thick rings red onion (about 1/4-inch) (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach, if using frozen.
  3. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well.
  4. Form into four 4-inch patties.
  5. Oil the grill rack (see Notes/Tips). Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165 degrees F.)
  6. Assemble the burgers on the buns, topping each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki (See Notes/Tips to make your own), 3 or so cucumber slices and 2 onion rings.

Notes/Tips

While the recipe calls for frozen spinach, we’ve been using fresh spinach. We chopped it up and combine it in the mixture. In our opinion, it works just as well as frozen.

We recently tried using our air fryer to cook the burgers. It worked well! We preheated the air fryer at 360° for about 3 minutes. Next we oiled the grate, placed the burgers (ours will only cook two at one time) and cooked them at 360° for 7 minutes. At the end of the timer, we flipped the burgers and cooked an additional 5 minutes. At the end of the second cook, we checked the internal temperature of the burgers with an instant read thermometer looking for a temp of 165°. Perfect!

Want to make your own, fresh Tzatziki? Well, follow this link to an easy recipe.

This final tip comes from the website, Eating Well. Tip: To oil a grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.