So although I have blonde hair and blue eyes and annoyingly pasty white skin, I am indeed half Greek! (WHERE is my olive skin?!) Anyway, I grew up with my Yiayia making all kinds of amazing Greek food, in which can be healthy… but I can’t imagine hers was. Regardless, I was young enough to where I didn’t really have to worry about it.
I absolutely love Greek food of all kinds, my boyfriend and I found this awesome Greek restaurant here in Sherman Oaks we go to as much as our wallets allow. They have this cheese, Saganaki, that they light it on fire at the table! It’s incredibly amazing, but costs me a long run on the treadmill. (Totally worth it!)
Ok, I am getting off topic again, you’ll notice I do that often… onto the recipe! With my love for Greek flavors and food, I decided I wanted to make the feta and spinach turkey burgers I have seen floating around the food blog communities — I am addicted to Food Gawker!! (And actually, it’s also a recipe from where I work — Hungry Girl — check it out here!) I used that recipe as a base, but adapted it slightly.
These burgers are full of flavor and super moist and delicious! We put ours inside pita halves with some fresh spinach, red onion, and tomato. They are super versatile though, so here is the recipe for the patties only! Απολαύστε το! (Enjoy!) (No… I don’t really speak Greek…)
Greek Spinach & Feta Burgers
adapted from Hungry-Girl.com
4 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
20 ounces lean ground turkey
1 large egg white
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese
In a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray, cook onion and garlic until softened, about 4 – 5 minutes. Add spinach leaves and cook until wilted, about 1 – 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and blot away any excess moisture.
Once spinach mixture is slightly cooled, add all remaining ingredients to the large bowl and mix well. Form into 5 patties.
Cook on a grill or in a skillet with nonstick spray on medium heat about 6 – 8 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Serve as you like!