I had a hard time deciding which one to try first, but settled on the Chicken or Turkey Spanakopita Burgers. These are not made with ground beef, but rather ground chicken or turkey (we used turkey). In with the ground turkey goes onions, garlic, seasonings, feta cheese and spinach. I love feta and spinach together!
Spanakopita Burgers hit the grill.Unlike turkey burgers we've had in the past, these were quite moist (and that's even with me forgetting the olive oil drizzle). The feta cheese flavor did not come through as much as I would have liked, but perhaps the brand of cheese I chose is the culprit there because there seemed to be plenty of nice feta chunks in the mixture. We were a bit afraid that the burgers would be fragile, so we cooked them on a grill pan - chilling the burgers first also seemed to help keep them together. If the burgers themselves weren't interesting and flavorful enough, Rachael suggests several topping as well: sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, grilled onions, a roasted red pepper spread and pepperoncinis. We skipped the cucumber and tomato and I inadvertently forgot the pepperoncinis, but the burgers still had plenty of flavor. Interestingly, there is a slightly different version of these burgers on her website that calls for a yogurt sauce - I'm not a big fan of yogurt, so I'm not sure I would have made this anyway.
Everyone very much enjoyed these kicked-up burgers and happily, the mixture made enough for me to have 4 burgers leftover (it made 10 burgers in all) to stick in the freezer (I used 2 pounds of ground turkey and upped everything except the spinach). I look forward to trying the buffalo chicken burgers next.......yum!
Lastly, a picture somewhat close to what I tried to get, but couldn't make work:
(Photo from RachaelRayMag.com)