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Grilled Spinach Feta Burgers

Turkey burgers have their fans, but we prefer burgers of ground beef, spinach and feta. We serve them on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato and tzatziki. —Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • Optional toppings: refrigerated tzatziki sauce, fresh baby spinach and tomato slices

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots; cook and stir until tender, 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and garlic; cook until spinach is wilted, 30-45 seconds longer. Transfer to a large bowl; cool slightly.
  • Stir feta cheese and seasonings into spinach. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into eight 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°, 6-8 minutes on each side. Grill buns over medium heat, cut side down, until toasted, 30-60 seconds. Serve burgers on buns. If desired, add toppings.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a freezer container; return to freezer. To use, cook frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 343 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.
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