spinach turkey burgers

So it's the new year and while I am still trying to detox from the holidays, I'm in search of healthy food, but also simple food.  December was for decadent dishes and in-the-kitchen-all-day recipes, but January, oh January, seems like the time to lighten and simplify.  I don't know if you can get more simple than these turkey burgers.  However, if you are still feeling the urge to be complicated, you could go crazy with toppings or even make your own buns.  However, I preferred topping these with all those little extra bites of things I had leftover in the refrigerator and because I have eaten enough carbs in the past couple of weeks to last me a lifetime, we went for a bunless version.  Hope your January is off to a great start.

From my little kitchen to yours... Enjoy.


Spinach Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 to 6 patties
Recipe Notes
I topped these with feta cheese, avocado and sliced red onion.  If you choose to top yours with cheese as well, set the oven to broil, add cheese and place skillet in oven for just a few minutes until melted.  Add other toppings and serve... with or without a bun.  The easiest way to thaw the spinach is to follow the directions on the back of the package to microwave.  Make sure you drain spinach well.  This is easiest to do by wringing out the spinach in a clean dish towel.
1 pound lean turkey meat (93 percent fat free)
1 package McCormick taco seasoning
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well (see note above)
Topping Ideas: feta, avocado and red onion; cheddar cheese; tomato and goat cheese
Step by Step
In a medium sized bowl, mix together all three ingredients until well combined.  Form patties.  Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray lightly with a non-stick cooking spray.  Cook patties over medium heat until cooked through.  About 5 to 10 minutes on each side, until all pink is gone from the turkey meat.  (If you have meat thermometer, use it to help you get to the exact temperature, 165 degrees).  See recipe notes for toppings.


  1. Um, love this; as a non-red-meat eater these are perfect. I am going to make these!

  2. I love turkey burgers! Whenever people are uncertain about trying them, I would rather steer them towards a recipe with different veggies and seasonings mixed in, than one trying to be more like a traditional beef burger. I think that's where all the fun and deliciousness comes in, and these are a great example.

  3. Sara in the KitchenJanuary 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    This looks so easy. Easy enough for me to try as soon as possible. I agree, looks like a great quick and healthy meal.

  4. Oooh, these look great. I love the idea of adding spinach to burgers. Great way to sneak in some veggies!

  5. We are making these tonight, wish me luck. But I'm thinking and hoping this is really hard to mess up! :)

  6. What a great idea to go without the bun! These look great.