Feta-Spiked Turkey Burgers

Feta-Spiked Turkey Burgers

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Feta-Spiked Turkey Burgers

My mom came up with this dish when my sister and I were kids. Sometimes she would add sweet red peppers for extra flavor.


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  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • One 10-ounce bag fresh baby spinach
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • One 6-ounce container crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 Pound ground turkey
  • 1 package burger buns


Calories Per Serving612

Folate equivalent (total)299µg75%

Riboflavin (B2)0.8mg49.8%

Recipe Summary

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 pounds ground turkey

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.

While the grill is preheating, mix together eggs, garlic, feta cheese, spinach, and turkey in a large bowl until well combined form into 8 patties.

Cook on preheated grill until no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.

Find recipes for Tzatziki Sauce to top your burgers, if desired.

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Prep Time: 10 mins . Cook Time: 20 mins . Yield: 5 Servings

1 1/4 Lbs Ground Turkey (85/15)
1 Cup Shallots, chopped
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
4 Oz Feta Cheese, crumbled
1 Jalapeno Pepper, chopped
1 Egg
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Zest from 1/2 Lemon
Salt & Black Pepper to taste

1. In a skillet, heat oil to medium-high heat. Sauté shallots for until fragrant and a bit golden. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Remove shallots and garlic from the skillet. Set aside to cool.

2. In a bowl add turkey, feta cheese, smoked paprika, jalapenos, parsley, egg, cooked shallots, lemon zest, garlic, salt and black pepper. Mix until well-combined.

3. Form mixture into 5 patties.

4. Heat skillet to medium-high. Add oil to the pan.. Cook patties until golden on each side and cooked through about 5 minutes on each side.

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How to Make Turkey Burgers:

In a bowl, combine dark ground turkey, feta cheese crumbles, fresh basil, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper:

Mix this all together gently to distribute the ingredients evenly, then shape into four equal patties:

To cook the burgers, I’ve had great success for years simply cooking them in a cast iron skillet on the stove, but since my father-in-law bought me this indoor grill (affiliate) for Christmas, I’ve started using that instead.

And of course, it’s great for outdoor grilling too.

Here’s a look at the fully cooked turkey burger patty, without any toppings:

Because there’s so much going on with the actual turkey patty, you can go pretty minimal with the fixings.

I usually do sliced tomato, lettuce, red onion, and some pickles on the side:

I served my burger here with some Baked Garlic Fries, though Red Potato Salad or Greek Zucchini Salad are also perfect for pairing. Enjoy!

More Ground Turkey Recipes:

The full recipe is below, plus a quick 3 minute video below that shows how to make it. Enjoy!

Smoked Turkey Burgers Recipe

That is a delicious way to use turkey meat. By smoking the turkey burgers you give this simple recipe extra flavour. You may use wood of your choice, but pecan or apple bisquettes will work well.

Cook time: Approx 2 1/2 hours
Yield: Serves 4-5


2 pounds fresh ground turkey
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Bradley Flavor Bisquettes &ndash Pecan or Apple


1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey with the remaining ingredients. Use your hands to knead the turkey mixture until spices and bread crumbs are mixed through the meat.
2. Shape the turkey mixture into 4 &ndash 5 burgers and place them on smoker racks. Make sure the burgers are not touching.
3. Start up the smoker, using wood bisquettes of choice (pecan or apple works very well!). Bring the smoker up to a temperature of 250 degrees F.
4. Place the burgers in the smoker and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
5. Serve on a burger bun with toppings and condiments of choice

What You’ll Need To Make Grilled Turkey Burgers

Remove the sausage meat from the casings. The best way is to use kitchen shears to cut through the casings and then peel them away from meat.

Add the ground turkey, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard.

Use your hand to mix together until well combined.

Form the meat into 8 even patties about ½-inch thick, and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Clean the grill and preheat to high. To grease the grill, lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over the grates several times until glossy and coated. Place the turkey burgers on the grill and cook for five minutes, covered, until nice grill marks form. Flip and continue to cook, covered, for 3-5 minutes more.

Heat the buns on the grill, assemble the burgers, and serve.

These Greek burgers are made with lean ground turkey seasoned with minced garlic, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Kalamata olives and feta are added for some salty Greek flavors and chopped spinach for extra nutrients.

I cook these turkey burgers in an ovenproof non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on one side and then a minute on the other side. Then I pop the skillet in the oven for 9-11 minutes at 420 degrees. You can also bake them on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes if you don’t have an ovenproof skillet. If you prefer to cook these turkey burgers on the grill, you can certainly do that. Regardless of how you cook the burgers, you want to make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, so definitely use a meat thermometer to check.

Naked Greek Feta-Zucchini Turkey Burgers


  • 5 oz grated zucchini , when squeezed 4 oz
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic , crushed
  • 2 tbsp grated red onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese , from Salad Savors
  • oil spray

For the salad:

  • 1 cucumber , diced
  • 3/4 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives , from Salad Savors
  • 1/4 cup roasted peppers , from Salad Savors
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp crumbled feta , from Salad Savors



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SOOOO AMAZING. Seriously. Now I can rotate between these and ypur buffalo turkey burgers!! Love your recipes!! Thank you.

Made these for the first time tonight. Delicious! The zucchini made them extra moist. I cooked them on my grill, but I see another review did them in an air fryer. I will probably try that next time. Thanks for a great recipe!

This has become a much requested family favorite! I use dried oregano and chop up fresh red pepper since I never have roasted. I like to serve it with a little tzatziki on top, delicious!

The best turkey burger I’ve ever had! I like to add some balsamic vinegar to the salad too to give it a stronger punch of flavor. These are frequently on my weekly meal plan and have been for years

What is Salad Savors? I looked for a reference to it in your instructions but don’t see it. Why not use regular generic ingredients?

I want to make this weekend, but am alone. Can they be made ahead like the other turkey burgers with zucchini and frozen?

I usually double the batch and freeze them after shaping into patties. I freeze between pieces of parchment paper in a ziplock bag so they are easy to defrost a couple whenever I want them. They’re great frozen, too!

This was so, so good! And super easy too–for me that’s a win-win! Used dried oregano and was still super good.

Cooked in the Air Fryer….. AMAZING! (18 minutes, flip after 9 minutes)

We love these and I would like to make them again very soon. One thing I did this time was skip the bread crumbs all together. I had no problem with them holding together. I do form them and and refrigerate till ready to cook them. I use fat free feta crumbles and in addition to oregano, add a 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, and some dill fresh if I have it or a teaspoon or so dried, and a teaspoon or more of Penzy greek seasoning. i was out of red onion so used finely chopped yellow that I add water to and steam in microwave to soften, no oil that way, I cook burgers started on stove to sear each side then cover and put in oven to finish. They are juicy and wonderful. Thank you.

These were amazing!! My 6, 4 and 1 year old each LOVED them and asked for them again soon. Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe!

I have made this recipe in the past and LOVE it!!

If I want to make a couple burgers for my husband and I, and then meatballs for my kids, do you recommend any different baking instructions? Or recipe adaptations?

You can use the cooking directions in this recipe for the meatballs https://www.skinnytaste.com/greek-turkey-meatballs/

Made these tonight on our indoor griddle! Amazing! So full of flavor and coated the griddle with non stick olive oil spay. Worked great! May try this for a party as meatballs with a low cal tatziki sauce for dipping.

Awesome! Check this one out too https://www.skinnytaste.com/greek-turkey-meatballs/

i’ve made this before and loved it! to make a gluten free version do you think I could substitute almond flour for the bread crumbs, or just leave it out? thanks!

Have you tried the gluten free breadcrumbs?

Thanks for the recommendation Gina! i’m sure the gluten free bread crumbs would be an ideal substitute…we are trying to limit going to the grocery store during the lockdown so I was looking through pantry staples as other substitutes. If I try it with almond flour I will
report back if it comes out well!

These are great! We just make them without the salad and they get eaten on buns, in pitas, plain with a little cheese melted on top, or in lieu of breakfast sausage. Even my husband, who normally turns up his nose at turkey burgers or feta, likes them! I make an extra large batch and freeze them.

glad to hear they freeze well!

Could you make this with ground chicken instead?

Can you make this with lean ground beef?

will definitely make this again! delicious

My extended family are serious meat eaters for the most part so I stuck my neck out last 4th of July and served these. Guess what was requested this year for the 4th? Yep, these Greek Turkey Burgers. I happen to have to have ground sumac seed on hand so I add a little of that, but otherwise we make them exactly to the recipe. They are really, really good.

So delicious! So moist! Definitely a new favorite!

I usually LOVE any of Gina’s turkey burgers, but realized that I typically make them with ground turkey breast. My husband did the grocery shopping and bought 93% lean ground turkey, as called for in the recipe. The strong taste I presume is from dark turkey meat which overpowered the wonderful flavors we should have been experiencing. I will only buy ground turkey breast from now on! The salad was pretty blah…I think I’ll try balsamic next time.

Wondering if it would work to double recipe and freeze half of the raw burgers? Not sure how the cheese and zucchini would freeze.

We go ahead and cook them, then wrap and freeze them. They reheat well.

This recipe is incredible! My husband wasn’t convinced about putting feta into the burger, so instead I made a creamy greek feta spread (made with light mayo, Trader Joe’s Greek Style Feta dressing, plus some dried dill, a Greek blend, some dried basil and oregano). I lightly brushed the burger on both sides with canola oil and grilled them on my electric griddle until they reached 165 degrees. We had them on whole wheat buns with lettuce and tomato, the feta spread and I also put some hummus on my bun. Ohhhh my…they were so moist and flavourful. I was skeptical of a burger recipe that did not have an egg in it for binding, but they held together perfectly. I will be making these for a friend who is about to have a baby as one of her freezer meal gifts! Thank you Gina…keep these yummy recipes coming.

Great thinking! So glad this worked for you!

Loved these! I left out the bread crumbs bc my daughter is allergic to grains and it was great without! Pinned it to my tried and true recipes!