It’s almost Spring! Two weeks until it’s officially the season, but the weather in Seattle has been stunning :o) I cannot stop smiling with all this sunshine. I never realize how much the weather impacts my mood, until it is gorgeous and bright outside. The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom and the Seattle grey is becoming oh-so green.
Spring weather gets me so excited for the summer. We are lucky in the PNW because you can grill and be active outdoors year-round, but firing up the grill after a sunny, warm day spent outdoors is my happy place. Pair that with a beer or wine and your hunny or friends = perfect evening.
This turkey burger is a great Spring/Summer grill-able since I tend to crave lighter meals when the weather is nicer. The turkey is a great, lean source of protein and you can shape the patties into slider-size or large burgers. I did an in-between size for Andrew and I since we were going bun-less–not because we are counting carbs/calories, we were just too lazy to stop by the store for some…hehe.
I love this recipe because it is a great way to sneak some greens into your meal. The spinach blends into the turkey flavor and the cilantro is a nice refreshing surprise in each bite. Cilantro was also the perfect last-minute addition, since we love Mexican and smother anything edible with avocado. Ahem…see below.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 minutes
12 oz ground turkey
10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/4 C cilantro, rinsed and roughly chopped
1/3 C red onion, diced
1 t garlic powder
1 t salt
1/2 t ground black pepper
- Clean the grill and spray with non-stick cooking/grilling spray. Preheat grill to 400F.
- Squeeze the spinach to drain and remove most excess water. Pull apart spinach and place in medium-sized bowl.
- Combine the remaining ingredients with the spinach. Form patties. (Note: I made 9 larger turkey sliders)
- Place the patties on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. (Note: You want nice char marks without burning or drying out the burger) Remove from the grill and serve warm with your favorite toppings.