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A curated collection of recipes for type 1 and type 2 diabetes by a diabetes educator and nutritionist, complete with nutritional information.

Spinach & Herb Turkey Burgers with Portobello “Buns”

Original Recipe: eating well


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ? cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed (see Tip)
  • 4 tablespoons tzatziki
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 8 (1/4 inch thick) rings of red onion


  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 425 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine turkey, spinach, olives, lemon zest, garlic powder, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Brush oil all over the portobellos, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place the mushrooms on a wire rack placed over another large-rimmed baking sheet. Place both baking sheets in the oven and bake, switching positions halfway through, until the mushrooms are soft and the burgers are cooked through (14 – 16 minutes).
  4. Place each turkey patty on a mushroom cap. Top each with 1 tablespoon tzatziki, 1/4 cup arugula and 2 onion rings. Top with the remaining mushrooms.


    • To prepare portobello mushroom caps, gently twist off the stems of whole portobellos. Using a spoon, scrape off the brown gills from the underside of the mushroom caps. If you prefer, purchase portobello mushroom caps, rather than whole mushrooms
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