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Grilled Spinach Feta Burgers

Turkey burgers have their fans, but we prefer burgers of ground beef, spinach and feta. We serve them on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki. —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: refrigerated tzatziki sauce, fresh baby spinach and tomato slices

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots; cook and stir until tender, 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and garlic; cook until spinach is wilted, 30-45 seconds longer. Transfer to a large bowl; cool slightly.
  • Stir feta cheese and seasonings into spinach. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 6-8 minutes on each side. Grill buns over medium heat, cut side down, until toasted, 30-60 seconds. Serve burgers on buns. If desired, add toppings.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a freezer container; return to freezer. To use, cook frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 343 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.
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  • Binkyk
    Jul 4, 2017

    I've been using a similar version of this recipe for quite a while. I use ground turkey and onions. My husband has his regular burger and I have the Greek turkey burger.

  • DianeC23
    Apr 14, 2015

    This recipe is very good, and easy to make. My husband, not a fan of spinach, even liked it! I omitted the salt, but the Greek seasoning was perfect. We'll be making this again very soon.

  • PatLagace
    Apr 14, 2015

    Just tried these for the first time and I think I will never make another kind of burger again! Prepared the paddies in the early afternoon and kept them in the refrigerator until BBQ time so I could enjoy the day with the family. Not a burger was left ... everyone raved about them. One word - delicious!!!

  • Beema
    Apr 7, 2015

    I almost passed by this recipe for 8 until I saw the "freezer option." I did make only half the recipe, freezing two for another day. The two that I cooked just for myself were outstanding, and I feel sure the frozen ones will be also. I don't have a grill , so I cooked them under the broiler in the oven. Ta-DAH! Success! I don't think I will make anther burger without adding spinach and feta!

  • annrms
    Mar 5, 2015

    Baby spinach was not available the day I went shopping for the ingredients for this dish so I used baby kale. I personally think spinach would be the better ingredient because the baby kale was a bit chewy. That being said, the "mixture" is absolutely delicious. Because of the salty feta, I omitted the salt listed. I had pre-formed 93% burgers and didn't want to mush them up to mix in the feta mixture so I served it warm on top of the finished burger. I also skipped the rolls and served them with Crispy Smashed Herbed Potatoes. Dinner was great!!! When I purchase loose burger meat, I would definitely mix in the filling. I could see making meatballs and even a meatloaf with this recipe. A KEEPER!!!