Turkey Spanakopita Burgers


Four words: Must. Try. This. Recipe. This used to be one of my favorite dishes to make, and for some unknown reason, I got away from making this as often, which is tragic.

After rekindling my love with these turkey burgers, it will be back on a regular rotation! These are healthy (I use 99% fat free ground turkey breast) and just absolutely delicious.

You must have tzatziki (preferably mine) to top it with, or it's just not the same :) OK, you don't have to have it, but I highly recommend it. Nick is not a huge fan of tzatziki and he told me tonight he actually really likes mine, especially on the burgers - that says something!

Feel free to top these with toppings of your desire. Personally, I just went with tzatziki and banana peppers because I adore them. Nick got tzatziki, sliced tomato, and thinly sliced cucumber. SO good. These are also great without the bun, hun! Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan, plus some for drizzling and some to top the rolls

1 tablespoon butter

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 shallot, chopped

1 box, 10 ounces, frozen spinach, defrosted

1 teaspoon dried oregano, lightly crushed in the palm

1/4 pound feta crumbles (I use reduced fat)

1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, usually 1 package

1 tablespoon grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick)

rolls of your choice (I used kaiser)

dash of garlic powder (to top each roll)

few slices of seedless cucumber (optional - for topping)

few slices of tomato (optional - for topping)

banana peppers (optional - for topping)

Directions: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. To one side, add a little extra-virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. When butter melts, add the chopped garlic and chopped red onion and cook 5 minutes. Be sure to watch them and not burn them by constantly stirring around the pan. Transfer the onions and garlic to a bowl to cool. Return pan to heat. Wring the defrosted spinach dry buy twisting it in a clean kitchen towel over your sink. Separate the spinach as you add it to the bowl with cool onions, garlic and season with 1 teaspoon of oregano. Add in feta crumbles then chicken or turkey, grill seasoning and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Mix and form into 4 patties, 1-inch thick. Raise heat on pan to medium-high. Add patties and cook 6 inches on each side. Season the sliced cucumbers and tomatoes with salt and pepper if desired. Toast rolls with a brush of EVOO and a dash of garlic powder on them, if you prefer.Top with your favorite toppings!

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