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Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers With Lemon Dill Rice

Cuisine Greek Inspired
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 3 meals

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 16 oz ground turkey sub ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese sub blue cheese, gorgonzola, goat cheese
  • 1 cup frozen spinach thawed, squeeze the water out
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP olive oil

For the rice

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup rice sub farro or couscous
  • 2 tsp dried dill sub 1 TBSP fresh dill if you have it
  • 1 lemon wash it well (for zest)

For the bell peppers

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped into strips
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start the rice: add the rice and olive oil to a pot over medium heat. Stir to combine and let the rice toast for 5 minutes. Then add the water and dill. Stir once, then bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice steam for an additional 10 minutes. Uncover it when it's done and let it sit/cool a bit.
  • In a bowl, add the ground turkey, feta, drained spinach, garlic and salt. Mix well to combine. Form 6 small or 3 large patties with your hands and place them on a plate. To make it easier, let the mixture chill for a few mins in the fridge (otherwise it's pretty sticky) before forming the patties.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet, cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 TBSP olive oil (or a high heat oil if you have it, like coconut or avocado oil) and let it warm up for 2 minutes. Then add the patties to the pan. Cook on each side for 5-7 minutes over medium heat depending on the size. When they're done, they should be pretty firm, but not hard, to the touch. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add 1 TBSP over medium heat. Add the bell pepper strips with a little salt and pepper, then turn up the heat to medium-high. Stir/flip the peppers every few minutes until they're done to your liking! I cooked mine for about 10 minutes.
  • Finish the rice: to the rice, add 1 tsp of lemon zest (2 if you doubled the recipe) and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Mix with a fork, taste and adjust flavors if needed (I added more salt). Cut the remaining lemon into wedges for garnish.
  • Assemble: Add a layer of rice to each container, followed by the burgers, bell peppers and lemon wedge for garnish. That's it!