Feta turkey burgers with spinach
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
You can make these into mini burgers if desired.
1 1/4 to 1 1/3 pounds extra-lean ground turkey breast
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon minced onion
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons applesauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (regular or low-fat)
— For serving
4 grilled zucchini slices
4 honey wheat or favorite hamburger buns, toasted or grilled
Romaine lettuce leaves
4 slices tomato
Tzatziki sauce, optional (see note)
Preheat the grill to medium.
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey breast, oregano, minced onion, black pepper and salt. Fold in the applesauce, Dijon, panko, spinach and feta. Shape into patties about 5 to 6 ounces each — or smaller for mini-burgers.
Grill the patties about 6 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked through. The internal temperature should register 165 degrees. Grill the zucchini slices alongside the burgers, brushing them with a bit of oil and seasoning with salt and pepper before grilling. Grill the zucchini about 2 minutes per side.
On the bottom bun, place some romaine leaves, add a tomato slice, grilled zucchini slices and turkey burger. Place a dollop of tzatziki sauce on top if desired.
Cook’s note: To make the tzatziki sauce, mix 1/2 cup chopped cucumber with 1/3 cup plain Greek-style yogurt and 1/3 cup sour cream (or use 2/3 cup of either one), salt and pepper, garlic and fresh or dried oregano to taste.
From and tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.
Nutrition information per serving: 364 calories (17% from fat), 7 grams fat (4 grams sat. fat), 25 grams carbohydrates, 50 grams protein, 768 mg sodium, 137 mg cholesterol, 4 grams fiber.