As you probably already know if you read this blog, I loveeee burgers. I don’t eat a ton of red meat, so I especially love turkey, chicken, and veggie burgers. While a piece of marinated chicken seems to loose most of it’s flavor by the time you’ve cooked it, leaving you with a dry bland hunk-o-meat, a chicken burger has all the flavor mixed throughout. There are so many creative spins you can take on a classic burger, and this is just one of many on my list to try–Greek inspired Spinach and Feta Chicken burgers.
These may look complicated, but they’re really easy enough for dinner any night of the week. Just mix ground turkey or chicken with low fat crumbled feta, frozen spinach, garlic, some spices, and an egg. Form your patties and throw um on the grill for quick, meditteranean twist on a burger. I bought some store bought roasted red pepper spread to garnish the burgers (gasp, I know, something that’s not homemade, how shameful…but I’m just so busy these days!).
Nutritional Highlights: A quick word on the turkey and chicken burgers of the world–a lot of people think they’re automatically making a good choice by selecting the turkey burger on a menu at a restaurant. The problem is, that many restaurant turkey burgers are made with dark meat, making it almost as high in fat as a regular beef burger. But when you make it yourself, you can use ground white meat chicken or turkey breast making it incredibly lean. These burgers have spinach, one of the most nutrient rich vegetables out there (Vitamin A, K, C, folate, iron, and calcium to name a few), mixed right into the burger. These burgers are low fat and full of lean protein. Make them!!
Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers
- 1 lb ground turkey or chicken breast (white meat only!!)
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional…but I like garlic in everything)
- 4 oz crumbled low fat feta
- 5 oz frozen spinach (about half of a bag)
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper (and I threw in some oregano for extra greekness)
- whole wheat pita or buns
- garnishes: red onion, red pepper spread or hummus, sliced tomato, lettuce
Mix the first 6 ingredients together. Form into 4 patties (trick of the trade: put a little olive oil on your hands to keep the meat from sticking to your hands). If you have time, let them sit in the fridge, covered, for a half hour. Cook burgers on the grill or in a skillet for about 5-6 minutes per side or until it’s cooked through.
Serve on whole wheat pita with red onion, tomato, and roasted red pepper spread.