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 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.
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.
More Turkey Burger Recipes You’ll Love:
- Broccoli Rabe Turkey Burgers
- Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers
- Naked Turkey Bruschetta
- Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburgers
- Turkey Burgers with Zucchini
Greek Turkey Burgers
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!