I just love a fancy burger, don’t you? They’re easy, they’re flavorful, they’re a crowd pleaser…they’re just perfect.
One of my most popular recipes ever on this blog was my Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs. That recipe received more hits and gave me more feedback than almost any other. So… I decided to take that meatball recipe and make it into a burger recipe instead. That’s what the Mix and Match Mama does best.
1 pound ground turkey (or chicken)
4 cloves garlic, grated
2-3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped up a bit
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
Lots of salt and pepper
1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
2 cups of chopped leaks, optional (see below for cleaning instructions)
Preheat your outdoor grill or indoor grill pan to medium-high heat.
Combine your turkey, garlic, EVOO, spinach, tomatoes, lemon and a liberal amount of salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Divide mixture into four burger patties.
Meanwhile, add a little more EVOO to a large skillet over medium heat and saute your leeks with a little salt and pepper until tender (you can substitute with a chopped red onion if you like). They’ll cook about 15 minutes.
Place each burger patty on the grill and cook about 8 minutes on each side.
Remove burgers from the grill when they’re cooked through.
Top each burger bun with one burger patty, a sprinkle of Feta cheese and a little sauteed leeks.
That’s it! So simple and yet so flavorful! Plus…you’re eating veggies inside your burger…that’s pretty brilliant!
Ok…about the leeks. Before you begin sauteing the leeks, you need to first chop them into bite sized pieces. Then submerge them in a bowl of cold water and swish them around to get the grit out. Remove them from the water on to a clean kitchen towel and lightly press them with the towel to remove the moisture. Then you’ll be ready to saute them. If you don’t chop them first and then clean them, they’ll never get clean on the inside.
A fancy burger on a weeknight. That’s so fun!
Don’t forget about my great giveaway this week! Click here to see more details!