While it’s been
raining POURING in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been looking for new ways to bring my favorite summer grilling dishes to life inside. Seeing that it’s January, and I’m still trying to hang on to any fragment of my New Years resolutions, I wanted something healthy. These hearty, healthy, turkey burgers are loaded with oats, spinach, egg whites, and feta cheese. They are SUPER simple to throw together, and will basically make you look like a hero in the kitchen. I love meals that are substantially filling, but don’t weigh you down. These burgers do the trick. Spinach is one of those sneaky veggies that compacts so tightly that you can use more than you’d think to fill up the meal. Because of the extra heathy ingredients, you actually yield 6 patties from 1 pound of turkey instead of 4, making these ultra lean. Plus spinach is a huge energy booster, (along with the oats), which is always a benefit. You get a little salty, tangy flavoring from the feta cheese, while the spinach maintains the juiciness. Serve them up on a toasted whole wheat bun with a side of grilled zucchini.
Now I’m going to picture a warm, sunny day while enjoying my burger.
Begin by thawing out and thoroughly draining the spinach. One of the best methods I have found to do this is wringing the spinach out by hand, then transferring to a strainer with a drip tray. Press the spinach with the back of a spoon a few times to make sure most of the liquid is out.
Add all your ingredients into a large mixing bowl. There’s nothing that blends all those textures together like your hands, so get messy until everything is nicely combined. Just be careful not to over mix, as that could dry out the meat.
Divide the mixture into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a ball, then gently flatten out on a smooth surface to form a nice, thick patty.
I like to use my kitchen griddle to make these burgers, (especially when it’s winter and too cold to grill outside). Plus it’s fast and easy to cook both sides of the burger at the same time. Set the heat to medium, or about 325 degrees, spray with non stick cooking spray, and grill for 8 minutes. If it’s warm and sunny and you feel like throwing these on the grill, then go for it! Get your grill set on high, brush the grates with oil, and grill them up for 4 minutes per side. LAST option- throw them in a covered non stick pan over medium high heat for 4 minutes per side. Keep them stacked and covered to keep warm.
Meanwhile, toast up some whole wheat buns either on your grill for 1-2 minutes, or in your broiler set on low for 2 minutes. I love the crunch that comes from a toasted warm bun.
Serve your spinach feta turkey burgers on a toasted whole wheat bun with a side of grilled zucchini.