Super Bowl Party: Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Super Bowl Party Food: Spinach and Artichoke Turkey Burger // The Speckled PalateMy friend, Rachel, and I were discussing running earlier this week. Rachel, two of our friends and I ran a half marathon together on New Year’s Eve.

Since then, we’ve all continued moving, and Rachel and I are working with coaches to achieve our 2014 running goals. (I’ll be sharing one of mine next week, and it is equally thrilling and terrifying.)

So we’re chatting running, then the topic shifted to nutrition and how it is important to pay attention to what you’re eating while you’re training for a race. Not only because what you consume fuels your training runs, but because a lot of newbie runners, myself included, initially think they can eat ALL THE THINGS just because they’re exercising. Which, sadly, is untrue.

So Rachel mentioned that she created a cheeseburger rule.

Yes, a cheeseburger rule.

She got to indulge in a cheeseburger after she completed any long run that was more than 5 miles if she felt like it… and I adopted the rule, too, because hi, cheeseburgers are awesome.

The thing is, we’re running 20+ miles per week these days, and a weekday 5-miler is a regular occurrence, so the cheeseburger rule has morphed a bit… and we’ve already discussed the possibility of eating cheeseburgers next Saturday after we finish a 15K (and additional miles because HI, training.)

Super Bowl Party Food: Spinach and Artichoke Turkey Burger // The Speckled Palate

Sooooo… these Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Turkey Burgers.

They aren’t classic cheeseburgers, but they come pretty darn close, deliciousness-wise.

Bonus points: The filling is chock-full of vegetables and a little bit of cheese to add pizzazz to your usual turkey burger.

Additional bonus points: Lean protein (like turkey) is awesome when you’re in training. Here’s how you can make your own… and potentially serve this to guests at a SuperBowl party… or indulge just because!

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Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Turkey Burgers
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • For the Stuffing
  • 12 oz. artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 roasted garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Burgers
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a food processor, combine the ingredients for the stuffing -- artichoke hearts, spinach, cream cheese, roasted garlic cloves, salt and pepper -- and blend until incorporated.
  2. Fire up the grill, the form the burgers.
  3. Pat out 12 patties (instead of 6), and make them relatively thin. Dollop two tablespoons of the spinach and artichoke mixture onto the center of 6 of them, then top each with another patty and seal the edges.
  4. Grill the burgers over medium-high heat, flipping once until the turkey has heated to 165°.
  5. Serve in buns with garnishes, and enjoy immediately!


Super Bowl Party Food: Spinach and Artichoke Turkey Burger // The Speckled Palate

Are you a runner? Do you have something like the cheeseburger rule in your life?

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  • HeidiJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Oh my goodness, you put two of my favorite things ever into one meal! I will definitely be trying this asap!

    I actually just completed my first ever 5k race so I’m pretty proud of that 🙂ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 31, 2014 - 4:25 pm

      They’re two of my favorite things, too, Heidi, and I cannot wait to hear what you think about this burger!

      And that’s AWESOME about your first 5K! You should be proud! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • RachelJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:25 am

    You are making me hungry, and it’s not even lunch time yet! These look absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 31, 2014 - 4:25 pm

      Sorry to make you hungry so early in the day… but this got you thinking about what kind of lunch you were gonna eat, right? So maybe not ALL bad?ReplyCancel

  • Nichole CJanuary 31, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Um, this looks amazing! I like the cheeseburger rule, too! I need to use this rule!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 31, 2014 - 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Nichole! The cheeseburger rule is a fun thing that we talk about quite a bit! I hope you enjoy it in your own life, too, and that it fits in as a nice treat after you’ve worked hard!ReplyCancel

  • MadisonJanuary 31, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Wow, those look incredible! My only cheeseburger rule is that you can eat them whenever you want, ha! Might not be the most restrictive rule, but I only have a craving for a burger every once in a while anyway!ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 31, 2014 - 4:32 pm

      Thanks! And ha. I like your cheeseburger rule even better than ours. (Because, let’s be honest, I don’t really crave a burger or something incredibly heavy like that often… and I give into temptation quite a bit.)ReplyCancel

  • TylerJanuary 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    I run, but I don’t have a cheeseburger rule. I do indulge in a cookie or two or three if I feel like I deserve it.

    This burger looks delicious. I put spinach on top of my burgers, but I’ve never tried in on the inside.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJanuary 31, 2014 - 4:33 pm

      I support the cookies post-run, too. I’ve been trying to be better about eating fruit during the afternoons of my run days, especially since I need a little energy boosting sometimes, but cookies are awesome.

      Thanks! How do you normally put the spinach on your burger? Just like you would lettuce? Or sauteed?ReplyCancel

  • Neatly-PackagedJanuary 31, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    Erin you know exactly how to capture my heart 🙂 This looks amazing!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!

    • ErinJanuary 31, 2014 - 5:48 pm

      Aww, you’re too sweet, girl! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, too!ReplyCancel

  • EileenJanuary 31, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Ooh, this is a really interesting idea! It’s almost like a classic artichoke dip filling–heated through and everything! ZOMG. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaFebruary 1, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Wow. These look amazing! And I love this idea of a “Cheeseburger Rule”. Ha! I think mine needs to be a “whiskey rule” or an “ice cream rule”. I can’t wait to hear about your running goals next week!ReplyCancel

  • […] spoken about my running habit here before, and it should come as no surprise that I’ve kept them up in recent […]ReplyCancel

  • Jayne @ Tenacious TinkeringFebruary 4, 2014 - 4:16 am

    Lady, this ain’t no cheeseburger. This is health burger, which means you can have 5 of them and feel good afterwards. 😉 If all burgers out there are like this one, we’d all be better off. I have never tried not come across artichokes at my supermarket aisles, despite looking for them forever. What do you reckon I can sub them with?ReplyCancel

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