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Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce

Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce
Spanakopita is a tasty Greek phyllo spinach and feta pie and I was thinking that the flavours would also be amazing in burger form; just perfect for summer grilling! I kept the patties nice and simple and yet packed them with flavour starting out using chicken for the base, though turkey would also be good, and I mixed in plenty of spinach and feta, along with some dill and green onions. Now these spinach and feta patties are super tasty just like this and I could easily eat them alone, or in burgers with lettuce, tomato and red onion as I had planned but I could not resist kicking things up a bit.

First off, I feel that every good burger should have bacon but it did not really fit the theme of these burgers so I went for the next best thing, grilled halloumi, which is almost as good as bacon and also an ingredient commonly seen in Mediterranean cuisine. Up next was a no brainer, roasted red peppers; and with that I thought that I was done but something kept nagging me... where was the cheese sauce? <spookyvoice>This burger needs a cheese sauce...</spookyvoice> Alright so I added a cheese sauce, a spanakoptia themed cheese sauce, starting with a bechamel base adding plenty of melted feta along with spinach and dill. With that final component my spanakoptia themed burgers, aka my spinach and feta chicken burgers with grilled halloumi, roasted red peppers and a spinach and feta sauce, were complete!


Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce
Just look at all of that tasty, ooey and gooey spinach and feta cheese sauce!

Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce
Now that's a mouthful! (Both the burger and it's name!)

Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce
Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce

Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 4

Spinach and feta chicken burgers themed after spanakopita (Greek spinach phyllo pie) with grilled halloumi, roasted red peppers and a spinach and feta sauce!



ingredients
    For the sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the burgers:
  • 1 pound ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 buns, optionally toasted or grilled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 8 ounces halloumi, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 roasted red peppers, cut into 4 pieces
directions
    For the sauce:
  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat until frothy, mix in the flour and cook until a light golden brown, mix in the milk and simmer until it thickens, add the feta and cook until it melts, mix in the spinach, dill and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and remove from heat when the spinach wilts.
  2. For the burgers:
  3. Mix the chicken, spinach, feta, garlic, green onions, dill, salt and pepper, form into 4 patties, oil the grill, heat to medium high and cook the patties, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Grill the halloumi slices, about 2 minutes per side, and hit them with the lemon juice.
  5. Assemble the burgers and enjoy!

Option: For a more pantry ready versions, replace 2 cups fresh spinach with 1/2 10 ounce package frozen spinach, squeezed and drained and replace the 2 tablespoons dill with 1 teaspoon dried dill.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 720, Fat 41g (Saturated 21g, Trans 0.3g), Cholesterol 243mg, Sodium 1324mg, Carbs 37g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 11g), Protein 50g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

35 comments:

Jenny said...

This looks like the PERFECT burger!!

Alice // Hip Foodie Mom said...

Kevin, oh my word!!! This burger is perfection!! Especially love the sauce and the halloumi!! WOW!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

This looks AMAZING!

Amy Lee Scott said...

Kevin, this is one glorious burger! I've been craving spanakopita so this is calling my name. The addition of grilled halloumi makes me a tad weak in the knees :)

Kevin Lynch said...

Amy Lee Scott: I know, grilled halloumi is just so good!

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat said...

This looks intense! Cheese sauce > cheese

Kate @ Babaganosh said...

Grilled Halloumi. That sounds amazing. Where can I get some Halloumi to grill and to put on my burger?

Kevin Lynch said...

Kate @ Babaganosh: You can get halloumi at most cheese shops and a lot of larger grocery stores are also carrying it these days.

Heather Christo said...

TOTALLY freaking amazing Kevin What a combo!

Sara said...

That burger looks amazing! Wow!

Helene Peloquin said...

Kevin you never stop to impress me. I really have to buy halloumi and grill it. This burger is such a nice creation and looks delicious.

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

All that sauce...LOVE these burgers Kevin!

Kevin Lynch said...

Helene Peloquin: You so have to try grilled or fried (in a touch of butter) halloumi! Hit it with a splash of lemon and enjoy it while still warm!

Catherine said...

Absolutely great looking burger!! These would certainly be wonderful to sit down too. Blessings, Catherine

Nathalie C. | Devoted Foodie said...

Big fan of spanakopita…this burger looks quite tasty.

Michelle Hershman said...

I love spanakopita and everything about this burger. Yummm!

Gwen said...

This is the most mouthwatering burger i have ever seen! I've never come across Halloumi cheese but will hunt it down immediately!

Arthur in the Garden! said...

Very nice recipe!

Gaby said...

Over the top amazing! Wish I had this for dinner!

Annie @ Annie's Noms said...

OMG these look amazing! Need these in my life!

heather gilmour said...

Looks so tasty and mouthwatering!
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janalee said...

I'm confused. Under burger ingredients, you list spinach twice. Can you clarify for me, please? Also, what is halloumi? Love your recipes, by the way. They are so interesting and unique.

janalee said...

I just reread the recipe. Is the second listing of spinach (the 1 cup) under the burger ingredients actually used in the assembly of the burger?

The Lady Olive said...

This recipe makes my mouth water! http://theladyolive.com

Thalia @ butter and brioche said...

i love a good spanakopita but never tried a burger version.. great idea! definitely recreating this in my kitchen!

Gaby said...

I need to add this to the menu asap!

Kate Ramos said...

I'm pretty sure I never saw that at an Greek diner, 'cause if I had I would've ordered it immediately!

Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite said...

I love making turkey burgers and I am always looking for ways to change it up! Love this idea!

Nikki @Seeded at the Table said...

Holy cow! This burger is seriously amazing! My kind of chow down!

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures said...

These flavors do look amazing in burger form! Yum!

Candied Nuts said...

I love burger and this burger sound delectable. I am drooling over my keyboard.

Cook with Desy said...

This looks deslishes! Will try it soon.

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ami@naivecookcooks said...

Kevin I have never before seen a burger so flavorful. That spinach feta sauce looks so good!

Helene Peloquin said...

This is a burger we would enjoy here, I love these flavours together Kevin.

Kevin Lynch said...

janalee: The first spinach goes in the patty and the second spinach goes into the assembly of the burger. Halloumi in a Mediterranean cheese that you can fry without it melting and once fried it squeaks when you chew it.

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