Grilled Spinach Feta Burgers
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
- 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
- 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 Facts1 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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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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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!!!