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A chicken feta burger served with fresh toppings

Chicken Feta Burgers

Looking for the perfect chicken burger recipe? These Chicken Feta Burgers with roasted garlic and spinach are one of my all-time favourite recipes because they are so juicy, healthy and flavourful! Serve these burgers up at your next gathering and everyone will be requesting the recipe -- guaranteed!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 burgers
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Elysia

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces baby spinach* or sub in thawed frozen spinach cubes
  • 5 cloves roasted garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs extra-lean ground chicken
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place garlic cloves in a baking dish and drizzle olive oil over cloves. Roast in oven for about 10 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in large frying pan over medium high heat. Add spinach to pan and toss frequently until wilted, about 4-5 minutes. Use the tongs to gently transfer the spinach to a colander. Squeeze the water out of the spinach and let it rest until room-temperature.
  • Roughly chop the wilted spinach and garlic so that you can more easily mix them in with the ground chicken. Add it to a mixing bowl with the chicken, feta, Dijon mustard, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Gently, but thoroughly, mix everything together until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Form into 5 burger patties that are at least ¾ of an inch thick.**
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. Soak a wadded paper towel generously with olive oil and use tongs to rub it over the clean grill grates, heavily oiling them. Ease the burger patties onto the grill and do not move them for 5-6 minutes. Flip the burgers and let them continue to cook for another 5-6 minutes, or until the burgers release from the grill and the interior temperature of the thickest part of the burgers reaches 165°F. Transfer the burgers to a clean plate.
  • Serve the burgers on a bun, salad or lettuce wrap. Garnish and serve!

Notes

  • Use frozen spinach cubes to simplify recipe. Simply defrost 6 frozen spinach cubes in fridge overnight or in microwave and strain any additional water. Add to chicken burger mixture and combine.
  • Roast garlic in advance to save time when preparing recipe.
  • Mix burger mixture with hands to ensure ingredients are well incorporated. You can coat your hands in olive oil to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.
  • Don’t over mix, as it may cause the burgers to dry out. Instead, mix until just combined, and then form into patties
  • Make a thumbprint in the middle of the each patty to keep the burgers from puffing up on the grill.
  • To help the burgers stay together on the grill, you may wish to freeze the patties for 20-30 minutes to help them firm up. I've never had an issue with them falling apart on the grill, but it can be a helpful tip if you want to take extra precaution before grilling.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg
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