A blend of spices - cumin, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon - give Indian flavor to this spicy turkey and spinach burger.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set garlic in a small skillet over medium-high heat; toast until spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Peel, mince and set aside.

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  • Mix salt, pepper, coriander, 1/2 tsp. cumin, cinnamon and cloves in a small bowl.

  • Break up turkey in a medium bowl; add garlic, spinach, spice mixture, ginger and jalapeno; stir lightly with a fork to combine. Divide turkey mixture into 4 portions. Toss meat back and forth between cupped hands to form a ball. Pat with fingertips to flatten to about 4 1/2 inches wide. Refrigerate.

  • Mix cucumber, lime juice, 1/4 tsp. cumin and salt to taste in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • For charcoal grill: Build a hot fire on one side of grill. Replace rack. When coals are covered with white ash, add burgers. Cover and cook, turning only once, until done, about 5 minutes per side.

  • Grill pitas until spotty brown and warm, a minute or so per side. Split crosswise. Place a burger on each of 4 pita halves. Top with cucumbers and chutney, then remaining pita halves.

For gas grill

About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill with all burners on high for about 10 minutes. Use a wire brush to clean rack, then use tongs to wipe a rag soaked in vegetable oil over it. Close lid and let reheat. Add burgers; cook, covered, about 5 minutes per side for medium-well.

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Copyright 2005 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

356.9 calories; 30.9 g protein; 30 g carbohydrates; 112 mg cholesterol; 632.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2006
EXCELLENT! This was a HUGE hit -- there were zero leftovers. I made the turkey exactly as stated, except I made them into smaller "patties" rather than "burgers." They were incredibly tasty and added lots of zing to a boring old turkey burger. I made the cucumber/lime/cumin salad and served it on the side. Instead of pitas, I used Indian "chipatis" (or parathas), which is a yummy, flat Indian bread -- sort of like a tortilla but softer, fluffier and more tasty in my opinion -- got them frozen from the Indian grocery store and heated them up on a skillet. Everyone was cleaning their plates and complimenting the dish. The biggest compliment came from my brother in law, who grew up in Kenya around lots of real Indians who make real Indian food. This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2013
These were good but not great. Read More
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73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2006
EXCELLENT! This was a HUGE hit -- there were zero leftovers. I made the turkey exactly as stated, except I made them into smaller "patties" rather than "burgers." They were incredibly tasty and added lots of zing to a boring old turkey burger. I made the cucumber/lime/cumin salad and served it on the side. Instead of pitas, I used Indian "chipatis" (or parathas), which is a yummy, flat Indian bread -- sort of like a tortilla but softer, fluffier and more tasty in my opinion -- got them frozen from the Indian grocery store and heated them up on a skillet. Everyone was cleaning their plates and complimenting the dish. The biggest compliment came from my brother in law, who grew up in Kenya around lots of real Indians who make real Indian food. This recipe is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
As the recipe is written it's delicious. It's very forgiving if you add a little more of this or less of that. The most recent time I made it I used half a bag of fresh spinach chopped up diced two cloves of garlic (didn't cook them first) and formed the meat into small meatballs. I served it over cous cous with sumac sprinkled on top and cucumber yougurt sauce on the side. It's my favorite meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2007
What a funky burger - healthy too. Even my picky kids liked this. I didn't have chutney so I smeared the pita with hummus. We also tossed in a few pickles with the cucumbers. Great dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2006
I used pita pocket bread and hunted down the chutney which is hard to find in my town. The cumin/cucumber/chutney flavors are awesome together! Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2005
we did not even use all of the ingredients and this recipe was amazing-we did not do the lime chutney cucumber cloves or jalapeno and i am sure it is even better with all of those added in! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2005
This was very good. The spice mix was extremely subtle and blends very well with spinach and it was no exception in this dish. And the spinach kept the turkey very moist. I didn't spoon the turkey mixture between two pita halves... I just put it in the pita pocket. After tasting I decided to add a dollop of fat free yogurt with mint leaves. This heightened this dish to Low-Cal-Indian-Extraordinaire! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2008
This was really good! I am Indian so I doubled the spices and added a ton of jalapeño and this tasted just great. We didn't eat it with chutney and pita bread but just regular buns and it was absolutely delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2011
These were entirely too tasty; I'm at risk of making a habit out of them. Hubby and I enjoyed these burgers thoroughly. I will try to make this recipe true to the letter next time just for kicks. Had to make a couple of modifications due to lack of ingredients: subbed 2 Thai chilis for the jalapeno and subbed homemade habanero jelly for the chutney adding mint and cilantro to it to approximate the flavor of mint chutney. Oh and I had a brain toot thinking the recipe called for a couple of tsp plain yogurt -- must have confused it with another. Therefore the mixture couldn't support the entire 10 oz of spinach; it was just too wet. Know what though? I think the addition of yogurt and the reduced amount of spinach worked out really well... a fortuitous mistake. LOL Thank you sooooooo much for sharing this recipe! It has earned a place in my KEEPERS folder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2010
Mmmm! Every bite has massive flavor! If you don't like spicy don't make this... but my boyfriend and I LOVED it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/11/2013
These were good but not great. Read More
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