Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

5 from 1 vote

Burger night just got a Mediterranean makeover.

Mediterraean flavors such as spinach, feta, and tzatziki sauce make for one yummy turkey burger.

Do you like to try new recipes? Or do you tend to cycle through the same handful of meals? Either way, burgers are bound to show up on the menu again eventually. And if you’re bored with basic hamburgers, allow us to introduce you to our Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger recipe! Not only will it add some exciting, Greek-inspired flavors to burger night, but it’s also made with lean and healthy ingredients you can feel good about! Plus, putting this tasty recipe together requires less than 30 minutes, making it a great option for dinner any night of the week!

Burgers Abundant in Nutrients and Flavor

The kids will love this lean burger option and so will you!

Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein. If you’re looking for a healthier, lower-fat alternative to red meat, turkey is your guy (or gal)! Luckily, it also makes a super delicious burger– one that won’t sabotage your weight-loss goals. But turkey isn’t the only nutritious and delicious ingredient that you’ll find in this recipe!

We’ve added superfood spinach and protein-packed feta cheese to this turkey burger to up the nutritional value and to add some zest. Garlic powder and oregano contribute even more flavor, while the cool and crisp tomatoes and red onions add tantalizing texture — and more flavor. 

If you ask us, though, our favorite part of this recipe is the creamy Tzatziki sauce! This creamy cucumber, lemon, and dill sauce places a final, mouthwatering touch on the burgers. One thing’s for certain– there’s nothing boring about these healthy spinach and feta turkey burgers!

Making Our Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

These healthy burgers are a great way to add some excitment back into burger night.

As we mentioned, these yummy burgers can be whipped up and on the table in less than 30 minutes! You can begin with the burger patties, but feel free to cook your spinach ahead of time so it’s ready to go. We also recommend whipping up the Tzatziki sauce first, so that it’s ready when your burgers are still nice and hot!

For the Tzatziki sauce, place the shredded cucumber and salt in a small bowl or colander and let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes. This process allows the cucumber to begin to shed its excess liquid, resulting in a less-runny mix. Meanwhile, combine the dry dill, garlic, olive oil, Greek yogurt, and lemon juice in a separate bowl. After 5 minutes, squeeze out the liquid from the cucumber and combine it with the yogurt mix.

For the turkey burgers, combine the lean ground turkey, garlic powder, salt, and oregano in a large bowl and mix well. Squeeze out any liquid remaining from your cooked spinach and add it to the turkey mixture, followed by the feta cheese. Mix it all together until the spinach and feta are evenly distributed. 

Divide the mixture into four equal portions and form them into patties. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the turkey burgers and cook them for about 10 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the burgers are firm and no pink remains in the center. 

When you remove them from the pan, feel free to set them on a paper towel on a heated plate or platter to let any excess grease or oil drip off of them. Then, place the patties on burger buns of your choice and top them with the freshly sliced tomato and red onion. Grab your tzatziki sauce and use a spoon to drizzle as little or as much as you’d like on top! Watching carbs? Well, these patties and their condiments can be a GREAT topper to a simple salad, without losing flavor or satisfaction level.

Burgers with Fries: a Heavenly Match

Our Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger with Tzatziki Sauce recipe is so much tastier than boring old hamburgers on the grill.

What is a burger without a fry? An incomplete meal– according to us. And while you may be thinking, “Wait, this is supposed to be a healthy meal! We can’t have fries!” Allow us to remind you that almost any food can be made in a healthier way– fries included. 

We have several different recipes for more nutritious, lower calorie fries (compared to the classic option), but here are a few of our favorites:

Of course, while we highly advise pairing one of the French fry recipes above with these burgers, we know not everyone will want such a filling meal. We think a Greek salad is another great, lighter side option. No matter how you serve these burgers, and whatever you serve them with, let us know what you thought of them in the comment section, below!

5 from 1 vote

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

This tasty burger won't interfere with your healthy-eating goals.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 burger
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean

Ingredients

For the Burger

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 3 cups spinach fresh, cooked
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 whole-wheat burger buns
  • 1 tomato medium, sliced thin
  • 1 red onion sliced thin

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1/4 cup cucumber shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry dill
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

For the Burger

  • In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, garlic powder, salt, and oregano and mix well. Squeeze out any liquid remaining from cooked spinach and add to the turkey mix followed by the feta cheese. Mix until spinach and feta are evenly distributed. Divide into four equal portions and form into patties.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and medium heat. Once hot, add the turkey burgers. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning halfway through, or until burgers are firm and no pink remains in the center. Place patties on burger buns, top with sliced tomato and red onion. Drizzle with tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • Place the cucumber in a small bowl and sprinkle salt on top and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. After the cucumber and salt mix has sat for at least 5 minutes, squeeze out the liquid from the cucumber and add to the yogurt mix. Combine well and serve on top of the turkey burger.

Notes

For a lower carb burger, swap out the bun for a lettuce wrap! Or, enjoy the patty on it's own with a knife and fork.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1096mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2535IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 4mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Kid-Friendly, Quick and Easy

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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12 Comments

    1. Hi Wendy, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder is not much when adding all the other ingredients! That is the correct amount, please feel free to adjust to your personal preferences.

  1. Delicious!!! I love them each time I make this recipe. Wondering what the nutrition information is if you don’t use a bun.

    1. Hey Sara!

      So I did the numbers without a whole wheat bun and this is what I got: Per serving- 313 calories / 21.5 grams of fat / 9 grams of saturated fat / 0 grams of trans fat / 105 mg of cholesterol / 430 mg of sodium / 3 grams of carbohydrates / 0 grams of fiber / 1 gram of sugar / 28 grams of protein.

      Of course keep in mind that these numbers probably aren’t 100% accurate due to the fact that different buns will have different macros, but it should be relatively close 🙂 Hope that helps!

  2. This will be added to our regular rotation. They are delicious. They were also easy to freeze before cooking!5 stars

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