So the other week, while grocery shopping, I picked up a 99% lean ground turkey breast package and thought, “what if I mix all my standard salad ingredients into this turkey and made protein-packed turkey burgers for lunch?”. I mean, it’s just spinach and olive oil, right? How bad can that be? No worse than that awful, cold, boring salad anything was better than that, so I figured it was worth the shot.
These Healthy Protein-Packed Turkey Burgers are so good and so surprisingly satisfying! They’re incredibly flavorful and delicious hot or cold, which is superb if you typically eat your lunch while on the go like I always do!
I’ve eaten these between a soft, squishy whole wheat bun with a little bit of mustard, rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla, then pressed like a panini wrap and straight-up plain, wrapped up cold in a square of tin foil straight out of my cooler while driving to work.
The subtle olive oil flavour is the star of the show, and the vibrant green spinach flowing throughout reminds you that you’re fueling your body both deliciously and healthfully!
I hope you give these Healthy Protein-Packed Turkey Burgers a try and enjoy them as much as I do! They make a great mid-day meal, dinner, and even a post work out snack!
Healthy Protein-Packed Turkey Burgers
- 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
- 5 cups spinach
- 2 cloves garlic minced finely
- ¼ cup egg whites
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ tablespoon Sambal Olek
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large saute pan over low to medium heat. Stir while it cooks until the garlic becomes fragrant (about 3 to 4 minutes). Add in all the spinach and stir it quickly to make sure it is evenly coated with the garlic and oil.
- Stir as it cooks, and the spinach wilts down for about 5 to 6 minutes. Once the spinach is completely wilted, remove the heat and let it sit until it comes to room temperature (I usually pop it in the fridge).
- Place the room temperature spinach mixture into a large bowl and add the egg whites, Sambal Olek, salt and pepper. Then, add the turkey breast and mix by hand, careful not to overwork the meat.
- Weigh each patty out to 5 to 6 ounces using a kitchen scale. This recipe makes 5 burgers. Place on a lined baking sheet prepared with non-stick cooking spray. Cook the burgers in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven for 8 to 10 minutes per side or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Eat immediately or store in the fridge for up to one week!