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Goat Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burger

Goat Cheese and Spinach Turkey Burger

These are not my normal turkey burgers.  I was growing slightly tired of my usual, beloved Southwestern Turkey Burgers.  Maybe I should have just stuck with what works.  But NO, I like to experiment, and I will never find that next greatest recipe if I don’t experiment.  So tonight was a gamble.

These turkey burgers are a bit fancier.  They don’t dwell in the bargain food bin with my other burgers.  Now don’t get me wrong, these are not expensive by any means.  I used about $2 worth of ground turkey, a $1.50 box of spinach (half a box actually) and probably $1 worth of goat cheese.  But you know, when something has goat cheese in it, its fancy, right?

The Burger Mix

The Burger Mix

Rounding out the list of ingredients is some hot sauce, a sprinkling of grated parmesan and some grill seasoning.  Mixing these is also a bit harder than other burgers.  You have to break up the spinach and goat cheese as you go.  So take off your rings and get your mitts in there!  They do cook up nicely though!

Cooking Burger

Around the time that these were about to come out of the pan, my husband came in the kitchen to helpfully ask how he could lend a hand.  I said I pretty much had it under control, but he could select how he wanted to “dress” his burger.  I told him I didn’t think ketchup would go very well.  To that, he responded, “What’s in the burgers?”.  To which I replied “Spinach and Goat Cheese”.  And to that answer, he gave me THE FACE.  The turned up nose, turned down lips, look of absolute disgust.  The look said to me, “why would you do that to a perfectly good burger? How Could You????”.  Trying not to let my blood boil as it usually does when he gives me THE FACE, I said, “Just wait and try it, OK??”.

Which he did.  And while trying to choke down his bite (I thought I was going to have to hold his nose and massage his throat to get it down), this was the pitiful expressiong my dearly beloved had on his face.

An Unhappy Husband

An Unhappy Husband

I had made a deal with him before I took a bite that if he hated it (which seemed a foregone conclusion) and I also hated it, that we would go out for burgers tonight.  So I’m sure he was really rooting for me to hate it.  But you know what? I didn’t!  I thought they were fairly good.  A bit heavy on the spinach sure, but in my opinion, spinach doesn’t have a whole lot of flavor on its own.  What I tasted was the lovely goat cheese and grill seasoning, which both worked very well.  So I ate my turkey burger and sent him off on his own to buy a flat little fast food burger for himself.  I’ve gotten over being personally insulted when he doesn’t like the food I make.  I know he thinks I’m a good cook, but sometimes he just doesn’t care for the food I make.  It took me years to arrive at this attitude, and believe me, it has certainly led to a healthier relationship!

So here’s our dinner, as prepared by me.  I will not show the Wendy’s burger that Greg consumed later.

Burgers and Asparagus

Burgers and Asparagus

Overall, I decided that the spinach was just OK, but the goat cheese was a great ingredient.  In the future, I’d like to try goat cheese + fresh basil, even Greg agreed with that suggestion!  And I never did figure out a good dressing to put with them.  I had plain mayo which I thought went pretty well, but I’m sure I could do better, any suggestions?

Prep Ranking: #2 – Weeknight Fare
Tastiness Grade: Me – 6 out of 10 (could be improved with some modification)
Tastiness Grade: Greg – FAIL (ouch)

So for those of you that like spinach, I think you’ll enjoy these burgers.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t have written about it in the first place!  Recipe after the jump, with modifications to improve it for your use!

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