Naked Turkey Burgers with Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms

I don’t usually crave hamburgers.  (Unless I’m pregnant, then the cravings are severe. I have been known to get emotional about my burgers while pregnant too.  One time I balled when Brett screwed up my order.  I only wanted meat, cheese, and the bun.  How could he get it wrong?  I laugh now, but if you ever ask him about it, he’ll tell you I went nuts and that it wasn’t funny at all.)

I am not pregnant but I’ve been craving burgers lately.  In an attempt to avoid the guilt I usually feel after consuming a burger (and let’s be honest, lots of fries) from Five Guys or In-N-out, I made these Naked Turkey Burgers piled high with sauteed spinach and mushrooms. 

I could have cried they were so good.  Even without a bun! But what really got me was watching my husband eat his without dousing it in hot sauce, ketchup, or barbecue sauce. And get this…enjoying it!


The sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and garlic add great flavor so there really is no need for extra saucy stuff.  The only thing Brett said was missing was a side of baked sweet potato fries.  After all, fries make every burger better.        

Naked Turkey Burgers
1/2 lb extra lean ground turkey burger, thawed (you can also buy the pre-made, but still uncooked, turkey burger patties from the store)
1/2 tsp Season All
dash salt and pepper
1 tomato, sliced
3 cups fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups fresh, raw mushroom slices
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs olive oil
If you are using pre-made turkey burger patties season both sides with salt, pepper, and a dash of Season All.  If you are making your own patties just shape the meat into two round, flat patties and season as well.  Set aside. 
In a medium-sized sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Toss in minced garlic, the spinach and mushrooms.  Add a dash of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes until spinach is wilted and mushrooms are tender.  Turn heat off. 
Spray another pan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high.  Cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are cooked through. (You could also grill your burgers too!)
***you want to do steps 2 and 3 simultaneously.
4. Top each turkey burger with several tomato slices and a heaping spoonful of the sauteed spinach and mushrooms.

Serves 2




  1. Yum! And you don’t have to lie to us about the pregnant thing…just kidding. I feel like whenever I say anything people say, “Oh my gosh you’re pregnant!”

    Those look gooood!

  2. claire April 29, 2011

    wow! those look so easy and delicious- i love the goodies piled high on top!

  3. Medifast Coupon April 30, 2011

    Oh thank you just what the bbq ordered for today’s beautiful weather. Look forward to tonight’s dinner, thanks so much.

  4. thefrugalflambe May 1, 2011

    Oooo… I can’t wait to make these! We love burgers, and I’ve been looking for new ways to make them. (and my mother is coming to visit this weekend, and she’s like WAY critical of my non-healthy eating habits!) thanks for being such a life-saver. 😉

  5. Anonymous May 1, 2011

    looks yummy :)

  6. Elizabeth May 2, 2011

    yummy! so simple and it looks sooo good! what a good idea :]

  7. Mushrooms Canada May 2, 2011

    I have been craving burgers a lot lately, must be the arrival of the nice weather which has me thinking BBQ… these look great without the bun! And I love adding mushrooms to any burger… and sweet potato fries would be a must!
    – Brittany

  8. Anonymous September 11, 2012

    Seriously one of my best foods of all time I can have a good meal belly full and without feeling the guilt , sweet potateo fries and dip them with light ranch now that’s what I call living good!!! Thank you so much for sharing

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  11. Ashley May 24, 2014

    What kind of mushrooms did you use? I don’t cook with mushrooms often, so I am not sure what kind to use! Thanks!


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