Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Relish

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

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
6 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • ½ cup seeded and shredded cucumber

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • teaspoon salt

  • Pinch ground pepper plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • 7 whole-wheat reduced-calorie hamburger buns

  • 1/2 of a (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

  • ½ cup crumbled basil-and-tomato-flavor feta cheese

  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 (19.2 ounce) package uncooked ground turkey breast

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 6 slices (Optional)


  1. For cucumber relish, combine cucumber, onion, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and the pinch ground pepper in a small bowl. 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 until crumbs are formed. Measure 1/2 cup of the crumbs; set the remaining crumbs aside for another use. Toast the remaining six buns.

  3. Combine the 1/2 cup bread crumbs, the spinach, feta cheese, egg product, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, and the cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Add turkey breast; mix well. Shape turkey mixture into six 4-inch patties.

  4. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet 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 degrees F; see Tip), turning once halfway through cooking time.

  5. Serve patties in toasted buns. If desired, top with sliced tomatoes. Serve with the chilled cucumber relish.

    a turkey burger on a plate


Tip: The internal color of a burger is not a reliable doneness indicator. A turkey patty cooked to 165 degrees 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 Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
6g Fat
18g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 30g 61%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Vitamin A 725IU 15%
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Folate 37mcg 9%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Calcium 162mg 12%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 20mg 5%
Potassium 114mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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