Do you love a good burger? I do, but I only try to eat the “real thing” when the burger is excellent. Some of my favorite burgers can be found at RF O’Sullivans in Somerville, Moonstones in Chelmsford and the Four Seasons in Boston (everything I’ve had at the Four Seasons in excellent but it’s a treat!)
While I love a good burger every now and then, ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef. Making the switch to ground turkey in recipes like burgers, meatballs and meatloaf has many nutritional benefits. For example, 3 oz. of 90% lean ground beef has 182 calories and 9 grams of fat including 4 grams of saturated fat while 3 oz. of ground turkey breast has 90 calories and 7 grams of fat with no saturated fat.
It is important, however, to select ground turkey breast rather than just ground turkey. Ground turkey includes dark meat which means it’s more caloric and fatty (3 oz. = 180 calories and 12.8 grams of fat including 3.8 grams saturated fat).
I’ve enjoyed stuffed burgers when dining out but recently made my first stuffed burger at home. I chose to create a Greek-themed burger made with ground turkey breast (I used Shady Brook Farms) and stuffed with spinach and feta. It was a quick and healthy meal that turned out moist and tasty. Sometimes I find turkey breast meat to be bland but I with some added spices it’s a great choice when making burgers.
Stuffed Spinach & Feta Turkey Burgers
Servings: 2 (you can easily double the recipe)
1 cup fresh spinach
1 Tbsp. olive oil
6 oz. ground turkey breast
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. rosemary
ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. reduced fat feta cheese
2 hamburger buns (I used the Fiber One brand – 110 calories/6 grams of fiber per bun and NO high fructose corn syrup)
1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat and add spinach to saute (spinach will wilt within a few minutes).
2. Set cooked spinach aside.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey breast, oregano, rosemary and a few pinches of black pepper.
4. With the meat mixture, create four thin patties (about 3.5″ in diameter and a 1/2 inch thick).
5. Top patties 1 & 2 with feta cheese then spinach.
6. Top patty 1 with patty 3. Top patty 2 with patty 4. Pinch the edges of the patties so they are sealed together and the “stuffing” isn’t visible.
7. Ensure the skillet is on medium heat and add the stuffed burgers. Cook burgers for five minutes on each side or until cook through.
8. Top buns with burger and serve warm.