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Goat's Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burgers recipe

Goat's Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burgers recipe

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Only three ingredients, but these burgers are heavenly. A tasty and healthy alternative to beefburgers.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 675g (1 1/2 lb) minced turkey breast
  • 175g (6 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 75g (3 oz) soft goat's cheese, crumbled

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:25min

  1. Preheat the oven grill.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix minced turkey, spinach and goat cheese. Form the mixture into 4 patties.
  3. Arrange patties in baking dish or tray, and place under grill. Grill for 15 minutes, or until browned on both sides.

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Reviews in English (212)

Really yummy I made these with fresh spinach because I didn't have any frozen. I also addded a 1/4 teaspoon if nutmeg and an egg to bind. Lovely!!!-30 Oct 2012

I liked these, but found them a little bland. I will make them again but with onion and pepper.-04 Feb 2013

by Cyn Coriell

Really delicious. Made changes based on others suggestions. I used fresh baby spinach that I sauted with a bit of onion and red pepper, doubled amount of goat cheese, added about 1/2C seasoned bread crumbs and one egg. I didn't add salt or pepper. The cheese is salty enough and I used 5 peppercorn goat cheese I bought at the Farmer's Market. It wasn't super easy to form the patties, but I got the hang of it and was able to get 5. Put them on a cookie sheet and into the fridge for a couple of hours. Fantastic surprise of flavors. Very, very good. ***UPDATE-I have found that it is important not to over cook the burgers in order for them to stay moist. I have also made them without an egg and I prefer the texture.-23 Mar 2007


Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, defrosted spinach, bread crumbs and seasoning. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Add the goat cheese and mix again until combined.

Heat up a grill pan over medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray or add a drizzle of oil to the bottom of the pan.

While the pan is heating up, form six patties out of the turkey mixture. Cook the patties in the grill pan for about 6 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. Serve with warm whole wheat buns and any additional “fixins” you like.

How to make turkey burgers

And here’s the big question:

How do you make turkey burgers stick together?

I’ve always had a little more trouble getting turkey burgers to stick together (versus beef burgers). And that seems to be the most common thing I hear from others when it comes to making turkey burgers.

So I played around with a turkey burger recipe that friends made for us a number of summers ago. Our family had liked its flavors, so I knew this would be a great starting point.

To ensure that grilled turkey burgers won’t fall apart, here are the key things I came away with:

  • add bread crumbs and some egg to the turkey mixture
  • chill the formed burgers for 30 minutes prior to grilling
  • oil the clean grill grates – or use a flat griddle on the grill or stovetop
  • do not move the burgers at all during the first 5 minutes on the grill grates or griddle

This recipe features goat cheese stuffed inside the turkey burgers. I simply cut a slice from a small goat cheese log and seal it between two turkey patties. The goat cheese gets all warm and super creamy from the heat of the grill – it’s heavenly. Our oldest daughter considers this to be the best turkey burger recipe!

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That sounds so good. I love spinach and I am sure the goat cheese really adds to the flavor. Yum!

My mouth is watering!! I don't normally like goat cheese - but this sounds delicious!!

Goat cheese is pretty much my favorite thing ever so I'm definitely going to have to try this! Goat cheese on a burger sounds like a fabulous idea!

oh my gosh. yum! these look delish. spinach + goat cheese? recipe for deliciousness.

This has all of my fave ingredients: garlic, spinach, goat cheese!! I cannot wait to make these.

Those look amazing! Def will have to use this recipe. Pinning! :)

Holy yumminess! This looks amazing! Definitely trying this out once we figure out what's wrong with our fridge. woke up this morning to everything melting in the freezer and both the freezer and the fridge were 30-40 degrees warmer than usual :(

I do a version of these with feta, spinach, and red onion and typically use ground chicken for a little more taste. I should try the goat cheese!

I love turkey burgers but never thought ouf making them this way. yum!

These look amazing! I love, love, love a good turkey burger. Hey, I'm from trinidad too, living in Canada now for over 10 years as well. Nice to meet up :)

These look amazing- I'm a huge fan of turkey burgers and pair that with goat cheese and I'm definitely in! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to make these!

Goat Cheese & Spinach Turkey Burgers

Blake and I eat turkey burgers and sweet potato fries for dinner at least twice a week. Lucky for me, Blake’s tastes buds are super easy and simple. He could eat the same thing every day and be content. Me? I need variety and creativity in my food. I guess what they say is true: opposites attract.

But, I’m curious… do you like keeping your meals simple and eating the same thing every day? Or do you prefer to mix it up? Let me know in the comments below!

Regardless, I like keeping meals simple on the weekdays. Hence, the turkey burger habit. However, as I just shared, I need variety, so I decided to throw a few new ingredients into our typical turkey burger recipe. I can hardly wait to share it with you because they’re so tasty and juicy.

After much trial and error, I’ve learned the key to making turkey patties that stick together: an egg and bread crumbs. In order to keep these burgers as healthy as possible, I prefer to use Ezekiel bread instead of traditional bread crumbs. To do this, I dry out a slice of Ezekiel bread and crumble it up. I have also tried using oatmeal, but in my opinion, it doesn’t hold the meat together as well.

With only a few ingredients and spices, this recipe is a great last-minute weeknight meal. Chances are you already have the majority of the ingredients in your kitchen: ground turkey, goat cheese, spinach, egg, bread, mustard, and spices.

Winner, winner, turkey burgers for dinner!

  1. 16 oz lean ground turkey
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 slice of bread, crumbled*
  4. 3 oz goat cheese
  5. 1/2 cup spinach, diced
  6. 1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
  7. 1 tsp sea salt
  8. 1 tsp chili flakes
  9. 2 tsp paprika
  10. 2 tsp garlic powder
  11. 1 tsp onion powder
  12. 2 tbs dijon or brown mustard
  1. Coat a large skillet with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into 5-6 patties.
  3. Cook patties over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked thoroughly.
  4. Serve on your favorite hamburger bun or salad.

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The turkey burgers were a big hit! I used feta cheese since that is what I had in the frig last night. Being the “seasoned Italian” cook that I am, I used all the other ingredients in your recipe but didn’t pay attention to the measurements of the spices…I use a “pinch” of this and a “pinch” of that! haha! I used “Italian” bread crumbs I had “on hand” instead of bread. The burgers were delicious! I will definitely be making them again!

Ooooh that sounds like a delicious take on the original recipe! I’ll have to try using feta cheese- sounds delicious! So glad you enjoyed them!

Spinach Turkey Burgers

These spinach turkey burgers are a lean, flavorful option for your next grilling session.

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 3 cups baby spinach (rinsed and patted dry)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg (whisked)
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • Whole wheat burger buns or lettuce wraps
  • Optional toppings: avocado (tomato, lettuce, mustard, ketchup)


  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once hot, add spinach and garlic. Cook until spinach wilts. Set aside and let it cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, basil, oregano, onion powder, and black pepper. Mix to combine. Add egg, feta cheese, and spinach until well-mixed.
  3. Form into 4 large patties or 6 smaller ones. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Just before you’re ready to cook, sprinkle a pinch of salt over each patty. Cook on a preheat grill or griddle if cooking inside. Cook 5-6 minutes/side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.
  5. Remove patties from heat and let them rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.


Servings 4 large | 212 Calories per Serving

26 g protein 127 mg cholesterol 11 g fat 4 g saturated fat 2 g carbohydrate 1 g fiber 0 g sugar

Bringing Home a Win

So, while things have been a roller coaster ride of emotions this week, the food has been at an all-time high. The dishes may be out of control because I tend to cook like a hurricane, but the food has made it all worth it. I encourage you to do the same when you cook. There is no rule that the kitchen has to be clean when you cook, in fact, most of my best work comes when the kitchen looks like a disaster.

This week, I decided to try making a goat cheese, arugula & roasted red pepper turkey burger. This idea came when I saw all the ingredients in my fridge. How convenient! I’m not sure what I had originally planned to do with said ingredients, I think a salad? However, this was a much better idea.

I give a lot of my Designed to Fit clients Turkey burgers and thought, hmm maybe I should hop on board. While I’m usually a ground beef and/or bison burger gal, I have to say, for once my turkey burger was tasty and NOT dry. I need a moist burger with flavor. If you have given up on turkey burgers in the past because of their dryness and/or blandness, like I had, I urge you to try-try again.

So while you try-try again with this turkey burger, let’s hope the Eagles try-try again for their redemption against the Pats. If all else fails, you can cook a good burger, am I right? Check out the recipe below and hang tight, another InstantPot recipe is coming your way this week, touchdown.

Amazing burgers begin with the perfect meat. Try Respect® clean, delicious, and antibiotic-free Turkey Burgers piled high with goat cheese, fresh spinach and roasted red peppers. Who doesn't enjoy fresh and creamy goat cheese on a steaming hot burger? Yum! We suggest combining these delicious ingredients on top of a toasted ciabatta roll or gluten-free bun.


  • 2 Respect® Turkey Burgers
  • 1 cup Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 2 Ciabatta Rolls
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper, Jar (patted dry and sliced)
  • 2 ounces Goat Cheese, Crumbled


Heat grill to medium-high heat. Once hot add turkey burgers and cook each side for 4 minutes.

Slice rolls and place open side down and toast.

In a bowl add spinach then season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Toss together.

To make the burgers lay the bottom of the bun to the plate. Divide the spinach to each bottom then top with the burger and roasted red peppers.

Spread the cheese on the top bun and then cover the burger – press lightly and enjoy!

Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Right around the corner is another transformation challenge at my gym. This clean eating challenge will start January 5, 2017. As I think about that date approaching, I decided I should start to make small adjustments to my diet so that once 1/5/17 hits I won’t be changing everything about how I eat. I remember from the last time that I was eating so much protein, so I decided I needed to work on my quick and easy protein recipes.

I love a good burger but red meat has a lot of fat most times. Turkey, however, is often low in fat and high in protein. These burgers are incredibly easy to make and can be done in just a number of minutes! For the challenge I’ll have to omit the cheese, but I had it and I love it so I used it!

Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese and Spinach (high protein, fiber, gluten free)

Helpful Turkey Cheeseburgers Tips and Variations

  • For perfect ground turkey cheeseburgers – be gentle when working the turkey mixture, just like meatballs, overworking can make them tough.
  • Juiciest turkey burgers – You need a little fat, avoid the leanest 99% ground turkey breast meat, I prefer the 93% for the juiciest burger.
  • Swap the protein – use ground beef, buffalo, lamb or chicken if you prefer.
  • Go Keto – leave the bun out and serve it over a bed of lettuce or make a lettuce wrap.