Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers turned out much better than I could have ever imagined. I have never been a huge fan of turkey – I prefer beef – but in recent years, my tastebuds are changing in favor of turkey. It is lighter and has a more neutral flavor profile to its beef counterpart, so it is perfect for really bringing out flavors you want to enjoy! These burgers are great for the summer, but you are not required to grill them! In fact, I recommend cooking them on the stovetop since the fat content is much lower, they fall apart much easier and might not hold together on the grill. These burgers are not short in flavor and are still incredibly juicy! This is one of those recipes that beef eaters won’t be mad at and everyone will enjoy!

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 1.5 Cups Spinach, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Crumbled Feta
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Tapanade (can substitute finely chopped kalamata or black olives)
  • 2 Tbsp Basil
  • 2 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1.5 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Zataar
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 8 Burger Buns
  • Optional Toppings: Avocado, Tomatoes, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Ketchup, Lettuce
  • Makes: 8 Burgers
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes

To Make:

  1. Combine ground turkey, spinach, garlic, feta, olives, basil, oregano, onion powder, zataar, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix together well.
  2. Divide the mixture in to 8 equal parts and form in to patties.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. *you can also make these on the grill if you want, but note that turkey has much lower fat content than beef and does not hold together as well, so be very careful when flipping*
  4. Depending on the size of your pan, add 4 patties (you want enough room in between so they cook evenly) and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook on the other side until the burgers are cooked through.
  6. Remove the first batch of burgers from the pan and cook the remaining burgers.
  7. While the burgers are cooking, prep you burger buns and any toppings you want! I recommend toasting your burger buns for a few minutes, but it is not required.
  8. Once the burgers are cooked, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

  1. Recommend. Would also suggest adding an egg and/or breadcrumbs to the mix to act as a binding agent, since turkey has a lower fat content and the patties can break apart.

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