Spanakopita Burgers with Tatziki

A few years ago, I took a fabulous trip to Greece and fell in love. One of my favorite Greek street foods is spanakopita, a combination of spinach and feta cheese baked in phyllo dough. Crisp, buttery and savory. Just delicious. I enjoy making the pastries, but when I saw this recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine….I knew I had to make these burgers.
For a turkey burger, these were juicy, full of flavor and really, really good. The combination of the spinach and feta made the burger feel fancy and decadent without being too greasy. The tatziki sauce is amazingly cool and creamy..the perfect dipping platform for the burger and some homemade fries. I would rather have this burger over a beef hamburger any day! You can’t beat a healthy AND delicious Greek style burger such as this one.

Spanakopita Turkey Burgers (adapted from Rachael Ray)
Makes 5 giant burgers

1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey (or chicken)
1/2 red onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. fresh spinach leaves, stems torn
1/4 lb. feta cheese (I used a LOT of this)
1 tablespoon oregano
salt and fresh pepper to taste
1. Saute the garlic and onion in a little butter for five minutes.
2. Chop spinach fairly well.
3. Add Spinach, feta, oregano and onion mixture to turkey. Combine.
4. Form burgers and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
5. Cook for about 10 minutes per side. Our burgers were pretty thick and remember that you are using poultry!
6. Serve on crust whole wheat rolls.
Tatziki Sauce
Makes about a large cup or so.
1/3 seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped
smashed clove of garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 cup of fat free Greek yogurt
dollop of sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.
2. Serve alongside burgers and fries.
(fries: potatoes, salt and pepper, olive oil, roasted at 400 degrees until crispy)
Enjoy 🙂


Filed under burgers, feta, Greek, spanikopita, spinach, turkey burger

3 responses to “Spanakopita Burgers with Tatziki

  1. sounds like a really tasty burger!! thanks so much for sharing! The coolness of the Tatziki sauce must have been a really good compliment and the feta was jut what it needed for a pick me up!!

  2. I want to try this…spinach is just coming in @ market and have a good persian feta…thanks!

  3. omg this looks so good!! we DEFINITELY need to get together for dinner soon, then when i move to atlanta, we can make dinner one night!! ya!

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