Grilling: A Spin on Burgers and Fries
Living in Michigan means that with summer, comes grilled meals— at least for us. My husband loves burgers and fries, and so do I, but once in a while I like a change.
I came across this recipe for spinach and feta turkey burgers a couple years ago and it’s been a summer staple in our house ever since.
Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers
(Originally found here)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 ounces feta cheese
- 1 (10 oz) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
- I like to make the meat up ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge. The patties stay together a bit better when the mixture is nice and cold. Also, since we’re a family of four (this serves eight), I like to split the mixture in half and put half in the freezer for next week’s meal. To make the meat mixture, add all of the ingredients into a big bowl and mix well.
- Preheat grill to med-high heat, or in our case, fire up the charcoal (we’re bbq snobs and prefer the charcoal grill so much more). Lightly oil the grate.
- Make up the meat mixture into eight (or four) generous sized patties. Place back in the fridge until the grill is ready.
- Grill for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink in the center. I suggest not flipping them very often because they will fall apart.
*Side note: I have cooked these in a frying pan before and they came out wonderfully, and I had no problems with them falling apart.
I serve these two ways: either on ciabatta bread with red onion, lettuce and Tzatziki sauce (a simple Greek cucumber sauce), or on potato bread buns with lettuce, tomato, mayo and white onions. They are very good either way!
For side dishes:
- We love sweet potato fries (I cheat and use the Ore-Ida kind) with honey mustard sauce for dipping.
- Grilled asparagus. If you have never tried it on the grill, you must! It’s simple. Toss the asparagus in some olive oil with salt and pepper and throw it on the grill for the last five minutes with the burgers.