When you think of a Greek inspired burger, lamb usually comes to mind. Although, as delicious as lamb is, lamb is a bit out of my daily cooking comfort zone, so this burger is a chicken burger. Ground turkey works well too, except it tends to dry a bit, so I prefer chicken for this one.
There will be bursts of salty feta cheese and bright spinach throughout the greek chicken burger. They add so much flavor and color!
Here are the detailed instructions to make these great greek chicken burgers
Follow the microwave instructions (on the box) for frozen spinach. Yes, believe it or not, frozen spinach works best. Drain all the water out of the cooked spinach, and using a clean kitchen towel, squeeze out all the water out of the spinach.
Tip! This is a very important step to do because if you don’t squeeze the water out of the spinach, then the burgers will be soggy and will not come together.
In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, spinach, feta, garlic powder, panco breadcrumbs, and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well until it’s all combined. Remember, all the measurements for the ingredients are in the recipe box below.
Tip! Do not over mix as it can make the burgers dense, we want them juicy and airy.
Pre heat the oven to 375°
In a large pan, drizzle enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Heat to medium high heat.
Divide the mixture into 4. Form each quarter into a patty.
Sear the burgers on each side until they are golden, like 2 minutes per side in a pan, non-stick if possible.
Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray nonstick spray.
Once the burgers are seared golden on both sides place them on the baking sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes. Let them rest for a few minutes after they come out of the oven. Once the greek chicken burges are rested, cut each burger in half so they can be neatly placed in the pita.
Cut the pita breads in half, and warm them through.
Spread hummus all over the inside of the pita, stuff a half of a burger into each half pita.
Dress the burger with shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced cucumbers and drizzle the tzatziki sauce over the burger. Tzatziki is a yogurt based greek sauce that’s served chilled, usually with dill, cucumber, and herbs in it. It’s the perfect topping on these greek chicken burgers. It’s sold in most grocery stores. My store has it by the fresh vegetables in the refrigerated area.
You can get creative as far as how to dress your burger because there are so many ways to enjoy them.
Tip! If you feel you’re not a creative cook, think of classic Mediterranean ingredients. You can use babaganoush, olives, red onion, pickled onions, banana peppers, so many choices. Choose what you like, there are no rules here.
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 cup cooked spinach strained and chopped
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- 4 pita breads cut in half
- 1 cup tzatziki sauce pre-made in grocery store produce section
- 1 cup hummus
- 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
- 1 tomato thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, egg, feta, spinach, panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
- Coat the bottom of a large pan with a generous amount of olive oil.
- Divide the mixture in 4/5 patties, depending on how big you want them.
- Sear each burger for 2-3 minutes per side until golden.
- Transfer to a cookie sheet and finish cooking in the oven for 10-12 more minutes.
- Cut each pita bread in half so that each half becomes a pocket. Warm the pitas in the oven for a minute.
- Spread hummus all over the inside of the pita.
- After the burgers are cooked, let them rest for a few minutes, then cut the burgers in half.
- Stuff each pita half with the chicken burger, lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Drizzle tzatziki sauce on the top. Serve extra sauce on the side for dipping.
Recipe Video Instructions
- If cutting down on carbs, use almond flour instead of panko breadcrumbs
- If cutting down on carbs, use whole leaves of butter lettuce in place of the pita bread