Spinach and Feta Hamburger

For a completely new spin on an old favorite, try this hamburger that’s loaded with cheese and spinach and baked in the oven to perfection.  Even the pickiest eaters will love this burger.

This burger is soft and delicious, loaded with feta cheese and spinach.  You can eat it on a bun, or as an entree that goes well with salad, rice, hummus or your favorite vegetables.

Spinach and Feta Hamburger- serving suggestion

This is not a Japanese recipe – it’s actually a Turkish recipe that has been in my family for generations.  My father’s parents emigrated from Turkey to the United States over 100 years ago.  This is a recipe passed on from my grandmother to my father, and now I like to make it when I have an opportunity.

This burger is loaded with protein and very low in calories if you use lean ground beef.  It’s very simple to make using feta cheese, chopped spinach, egg, salt, pepper, onion and allspice, all combined by hand and baked.  No breading is added because the egg and the cheese do a great job of binding the pattie together.

Spinach and Feta Hamburger

Delicious, savory, and loaded with spinach and cheese, this wonderful Turkish burger is sure to please!  Mix up the Pattie’s by hand because you will need to break up the feta cheese as you are mixing it.

PREP COOKING YIELD
10 mins 30 mins Makes 6 burgers
PREP 10 mins
COOKING 30 mins
YIELD Makes 6 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or beef/pork mix (450g)
  • 1/3 lb feta cheese (150g)
  • 1/2 lb spinach chopped, washed and drained (200g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C and line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well, by hand, until completely combined.

  • Form into 6 patties and place in your baking tray.

  • Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.  Turn and bake for five more minutes.
  • Remove from the oven.  Cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Notes:

  • The nutritional information below assumes 85% lean beef.  97% lean beef will yield a 171 calorie burger.
  • Make sure to break the feta up well as you are mixing it in with the meat.  The more the cheese is broken up, the better the burger will come out.

 

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