Mom’s Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

My mom’s turkey burger has everything a bad turkey burger is missing – flavor, moisture, and sensory satisfaction.

A Turkey Burger You Have to Try

You’ll want to try this Mediterranean Turkey Burger. It has everything a bad turkey burger is missing – flavor, moisture, and sensory satisfaction.

I’m not one to label myself, but I am a plant-based eater with a few servings of fish per week. The inspiration to be plant-based was in reaction to my father having a heart attack when I was a teenager. Eating plant-based + fish aligns well with the Mediterranean eating-style. This eating style also includes small amounts of meat. But, they treat meat as a condiment compared to having it be the “star of the show.”

At a recent family trip to the lake, I had the chance to practice eating like a Mediterranean. Mostly, plants, with a little meat by enjoying my mom’s turkey burgers. It had been a long day on a small boat with a lot of family. Exhausted from cheerleading cranky, Pringle-fueled kids to get up on skis, I was tired. Too tired to fix my own separate plant-based meal. So I said, “I’m having what they’re having.” And, I did. And the turkey burger hit the spot. It was surprisingly delicious.

So, I’m sharing her recipe with you!

May this summer Mediterranean turkey burger bring you the joy and satisfaction it did for me.

Want to grill your burgers? Check out our Summer Grilling Guide!

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Mom’s Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

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  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x


  • 2 T. olive oil, divided
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 c. fresh spinach, chopped
  • ¼ c. feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 T. fresh parsley (or ½ tablespoon dried)
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. ground black pepper
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split


  1. Warm 1 T. olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add chopped onions and garlic and sauté until slightly translucent.
  2. Let onions and garlic cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, onions, garlic, spinach, feta cheese, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine with a spatula or use your hands to evenly combine everything together. 
  4. Transfer mixture to the refrigerator and let sit for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight. 
  5. Remove from the fridge and shape turkey mixture into 4 patties.
  6. Brush patties with remaining olive oil and grill until internal temperature of turkey burgers are 165 degrees.
  7. Toast the buns on the grill, if desired. Place a turkey patty on the bottom half of each bun and top with desired toppings and other side of the bun.
  8. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 272
  • Sugar: 4.3 g
  • Sodium: 326.8 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 23.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.9 mg