Greek Turkey Burgers

These Greek Turkey Burgers, mixed with Kalamata olives, feta, and spinach,combine all my favorite Greek flavors and can be served with or without the bun.

Greek turkey burger with bun, tomatoes, cucumber on a plate
Greek Turkey Burgers

These Greek Turkey Burgers are so flavorful, and I love that they can be served two different ways. Serve them on a toasted whole wheat bun with butter lettuce, cucumber slices, thin red onion slices, sliced tomato, and a little Greek yogurt or as a main dish without the bread served with rice, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion on the side. For some other turkey burger recipes, try my Naked Greek Feta-Zucchini Turkey Burgers or Turkey Burgers with Zucchini.

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I got my hands on the Fit Men Cook Meal Prep Cookbook (affil link) and couldn’t decide which recipe to make first! I’ve been following Kevin on Instagram for a long time, but never had his book. I’ve always been the biggest fan of his work and his positive energy so I knew I would love his book. I settled on this Greek turkey burger recipe, because it’s grilling season and I love turkey burgers! You can make this inside on skillet, outside on the grill or bake them in the oven. Serve them on a bun or turn them into rice bowls for meal prep. I also have a version of Greek Feta-Zucchini Turkey Burgers which are slightly different, they have zucchini in them rather than spinach and no olives.

Is a turkey burger healthier than a hamburger?

It depends! Turkey burgers can be healthier than hamburgers made with ground beef, but it all depends on the ground turkey’s fat content. Ground turkey can be pretty fatty if you don’t use lean meat. This burger recipe calls for 93% ground turkey, which means that 93% is lean, and only 7% contains fat. Lean ground turkey is an excellent substitute for ground beef if you’re watching your calories or red-meat consumption.

What is a Greek burger made of?

These Greek burgers are made with lean ground turkey seasoned with minced garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Kalamata olives and feta are added for some salty Greek flavors and chopped spinach for extra nutrients.

How long to cook turkey burgers

I cook these turkey burgers in an ovenproof non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on one side and then a minute on the other side. Then I pop the skillet in the oven for 9-11 minutes at 420 degrees. You can also bake them on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes if you don’t have an ovenproof skillet. If you prefer to cook these turkey burgers on the grill, you can certainly do that. Regardless of how you cook the burgers, you want to make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, so definitely use a meat thermometer to check.

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Greek Turkey Burgers

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255 Cals 29 Protein 2.5 Carbs 14.5 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: Greek
These Greek Turkey Burgers, mixed with Kalamata olives, feta, and spinach,combine all my favorite Greek flavors and can be served with or without the bun.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped and packed fresh spinach
  • Pinch each of sea salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 420°F.
  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together thoroughly.
    turkey burger ingredients in a bowl
  • Scoop out a large fistful of meat, roll it into a ball, then flatten it to form a patty around 1 ½ inches thick. Repeat with the remaining meat to make 5 large patties of equal size.
    raw turkey burgers
  • Once the patties are formed, use your thumb to make a shallow indentation in the middle of each patty to prevent them from forming a dome as they cook.
  • Set a large oven-safe nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and spray lightly with olive oil. When the skillet is hot, add the patties.
    Turket burgers in a skillet
  • Cook on one side for 3 to 4 minutes, until the edges are brown and seared, then flip the patties over.
  • Cook for an additional minute, then place the entire skillet in the oven to cook until the internal temperature is 165°F, 9 to 11 minutes.
  • You can also bake them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy these as a burger with a toasted whole wheat bun, butter lettuce, cucumber slices, thin red onion slices (optional), sliced tomato, and a little Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Or pair a patty with salad, rice, quinoa, or even roasted vegetables!

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Notes

Reprinted with permission from Kevin Curry, Fit Men Cook.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger, Calories: 255kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.5g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 14.5g, Saturated Fat: 5.5g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 360mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 6
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58 comments

  1. These are incredible! I was craving burgers for the weekend and found this recipe. I used Costco ground turkey and basically sprinkled all the spices on the meat but went a lil heavy with the black pepper. I omitted the spinach cause I’ve been eating a lil too much of that. 
    But wow very juicy burgers! I used Dave’s Killer buns with these along with pickled onions. These burgers are amazing and skinnytaste never disappoints!

  2. The reviews are true, it’s very flavourful! I followed the instructions to cook on the skillet, then put it in the oven on aluminum foil for only 5 minutes. Came out perfectly juicy!

  3. Omitted the olives and put this on a brioche bun with red onion and tzatziki. Absolutely delicious! I seriously cannot recommend enough,

  4. Love this recipe. It’s always in my freezer. I double the recipe when I make it. Nice and juicy with lots of flavor. I serve it on a whole wheat small bun with sweet potato fries on the side.

  5. Delicious! Really enjoyed these. My husband liked the flavor but said they were a little dry – we made them on a grill pan the entire time though. I also think he just needed more yogurt sauce haha. I added a little lemon zest to the yogurt and that made it extra yummy to me. 100% making again!

  6. Delicious!!!

  7. Very similar to one of my “go to” menus but I really like how the olives are actually IN the burger (mine uses it in a yogurt sauce) and the addition of the spinach makes the patty really very moist. I don’t think it needs a bun!

  8. This recipe is on rotation at my house. Sometimes I go half and half with turkey and beef or lamb. Love it! 

  9. Made these for lunch prep. Made greek salad and Tzatziki with non fat Greek yogurt to go with. I cheated and only seared the patties in a non stick skillet and then finished in the oven on a sheet pan.  Will make again! Very good.

  10. how many trans fat

  11. These are delicious; will definitely be making again. I was out of cumin, so substituted Greek seasoning, and only had 4 kalamata olives, but the burgers turned out great. Served with a Greek yogurt Tzatziki sauce and big salad for a healthy, low-carb dinner.

  12. Another winner from Skinny Taste! Even though I am a ground turkey skeptic, the flavor and juiciness of this patty has me converted. I used Brooklyn Bred rolls and served it with a tossed salad. 

  13. This is hands down my new favorite meal! I make these and a tzatziki sauce and serve with raw veggies. The best!

  14. Could you use air fryer?

  15. Picky kids devoured them! Delicious, moist and full of flavor. Served with quinoa (mixed some lemon juice and toasted pine nuts in) and homemade tsaziki sauce.  

  16. I use ground chicken instead of the ground turkey simply because I like the taste better.
    This has become a hit with my husband and a new favorite dish. I’m making these several times monthly.
    Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  17. Big hit with my meat and potatoes, no healthy food please, husband! FLAVORFUL and EASY to make. My store offers either 94% or 99% lean ground turkey; I opted for the 94% option. I’ve used the 99% lean in other recipes and found it just too dry and lacking in flavor. The recipe makes 5 patties. I cook up 3 for the two of us and refrigerate two uncooked. If it’s just two of you, this is a great way to get more mileage out of the recipe. I feel giddy knowing I have basically no meal prep to do on Day 2. I’ve already made this recipe twice; it’s a KEEPER!

  18. Super good! Loved the olives and feta. A hit with the whole fam.

  19. So delicious and moist; will definitely make again! Sauteed one side in cast iron pan and then flipped and finished in oven for 5 minutes and they were perfect. Love your recipes.

  20. I made these tonight served over couscous with homemade tzaziki. They were delicious!

  21. How long would you suggest putting these on the grill? I love using the grill so I don’t heat up my house on 100 degree days! 🙂

  22. I made half with lean ground pork and half with lean ground turkey, and both were delicious. Love spinach and feta together!

  23. We had these for dinner last week, and they’ll definitely be in our regular rotation! We had them with buns the first night and I put leftovers on a salad for lunch. I skipped the olives and didn’t notice an impact at all. Thanks, Gina! 

  24. Made these tonight, they were a hit! Even with my picky teenager who doesn’t like spinach. The kids ate theirs on buns. I ate mine with a little greek yogurt on top and served it with your Chickpea Salad with cucumbers, and tomatoes. Delish!

  25. This is the most moist & flavorful turkey burger ever! I made them with the tzatziki sauce! They are scrumptious with or without the sauce. Thanks for this AMAZING recipe!

  26. These were amazing! Great flavor and texture, and moist! I did add an egg- always helps the turkey hold together a little better.
    I’ve been making variations of turkey burgers for years, and had never run across a recipe that had you sear them first then bake them. That’s clearly the trick! Thank you!

  27. Can I make these in the morning and then cook them in the evening? Has anyone done that?

  28. These are delicious!! I didn’t have kalamata olives, so I added diced red pepper and sauteed it with the baby spinach and garlic. So flavorful! Another winner from Skinnytaste.

  29. This recipe is delicious. Of course I always like Greek food, but turkey burgers can turn out dry and the flavors don’t blend. This was moist and yummy!

  30. I made these last night with homemade tzatziki. Delicious! Thank you!

  31. Anyone try these on the grill?? 

  32. How do you suggest reheating for a lunch on the go?

  33. Made these last night…great flavor, but a little dry.

  34. Just made this for dinner.  Delicious!  Served it on a bun with Tzatziki.  So tasty.

  35. Could I use ground chicken instead of turkey?

  36. Great recipe! Fresh or frozen spinach? thanks!

  37. Have you made these with ground lamb? It would definitely be more Greek. How much could nutrition values change?

  38. Are the points calculated with or without the bun please?

  39. These would be great as meatballs, too!

  40. We don’t do olives, but it seems like something would be missing if I just left them out. Is there a substitute you’d recommend?

    • Leave them out

    • Made these for lunch prep. Made greek salad and Tzatziki with non fat Greek yogurt to go with. I cheated and only seared the patties in a non stick skillet and then finished in the oven on a sheet pan.  Will make again! Very good! 

  41. Would these freeze ok? Cooked or uncooked?