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Greek Turkey Burgers

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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.

greek turkey burger on a plate with rice

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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

4.95 from 37 votes
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.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Greek
Greek turkey burger with bun, tomatoes, cucumber on a plate
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 1 burger


  • 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


  • 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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Reprinted with permission from Kevin Curry, Fit Men Cook.


Serving: 1 burger, Calories: 255 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.5 g, Protein: 29 g, Fat: 14.5 g, Saturated Fat: 5.5 g, Cholesterol: 111 mg, Sodium: 360 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 1 g


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70 comments on “Greek Turkey Burgers”

  1. This my first time making Greek turkey burgers. This was so good. Even my beef burger loving husband loves them. Made homemade naan. OMG. I’m hooked. Thank you for sharing.

  2. There is so much flavor in this burger. I’m always looking for something new to do with ground turkey and this makes my list of things to make regularly. I did grate some red onion into it just because I do that with pretty much anything I make with ground turkey and I had to use cooked spinach as I didn’t have fresh on hand. Absolutely delicious.

  3. I made these delicious burgers last night for dinner but used half turkey and half ground beef that I had left over from your Salisbury Steak recipe. They came out perfectly…I couldn’t believe how light they tasted with the cucumber, tomato and onion on the bun. We had a small garden salad and brown rice with quinoa. I will definitely be making this again.

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    CATHY Culbertson

    This chef always nails it‼️Served on a cauliflower round, delicious low carb meal. Thanks @skinnytaste!!!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.