Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Relish

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Relish

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Savory turkey burgers get a Mediterranean twist with spinach, feta cheese, and a tangy cucumber relish.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • ½ seeded and shredded cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 7 whole wheat reduced-calorie hamburger buns
  • ½ (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • ½ cup basil-and-tomato-flavor feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 19.2-ounce package uncooked ground turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 6 slices (optional)


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  1. For cucumber relish, in a small bowl, combine cucumber, onion, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and the pinch black pepper. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place one of the hamburger buns in a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend with several on/off pulses until crumbs are formed. Measure ½ cup of the crumbs; set the remaining crumbs aside for another use. Toast the remaining six buns.
  3. In a large bowl combine the ½ cup bread crumbs, the spinach, feta cheese, egg product, the ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and the cayenne pepper. Add turkey breast; mix well. Shape turkey mixture into six 4-inch patties.
  4. In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey patties. Reduce heat to medium. Cook patties for 12 to 14 minutes or until patties are no longer pink (165°F) (see Tip), turning once halfway through cooking time.
  5. Serve patties in toasted buns. If desired, top with sliced tomatoes. Serve with the cucumber relish.
  • Tip: The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A turkey patty cooked to 165°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a patty, insert an instant-read thermometer through the side of the patty to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich
  • Per serving: 246 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 7 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 37 mcg folate; 54 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 725 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 162 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 473 mg sodium; 114 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 1 fat, 1 starch

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