Spark Up the Grill: Popeye Power Turkey Burgers


My husband fancies himself a grill master. I am a lazy cook. Therefore, I am happy for any opportunity to watch him spark up the grill and  prepare something Barbeque Smoked and amazing. During the summer, grilling is also an awesome way to prepare food for a lot of people in a little time.

The problem?

We live in an apartment and technically aren’t allowed to grill on our tiny patio. The upside is that our apartment complex has provided several outdoor grills throughout the property for residents to use. We’re lucky in that there’s one relatively close to our apartment. If you consider four stories down to be close:


This means that grilling involved a lot of walking up and down stairs. Still the charcoal flavor and the chance to watch my man play chef are absolutely worth it. What that means, though, is that the setup inside has to be amazing to make up for having to grill outside.

But more on that later. First, the food. We always make chicken breasts, turkey franks and shrimp on the grill. When Walmart challenged me to come up with a grilling recipe, I wanted to try something new. We decided to go with homemade turkey burgers of which Popeye (as in the cartoon character), would approve. If I lost you with that reference, check out this episode:

The name of the recipe will make sense once you see the ingredients. And I think Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye would like these 🙂

Popeye Power Turkey Burgers


  • 3 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 cup green peppers
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 3 cups spinach
  • Butter or olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • Seasoning to taste

The first step is to wilt your raw spinach. Use just enough butter or olive oil to cover the bottom of a saucepan. Saute the spinach until it is just wilted. You don’t want it to get too mushy. Set aside and allow to cool.


Run your green peppers and onions through a food processor to chop them finely. A blender would likely suffice if you don’t have a food processor on hand.


Add the cooled spinach and process until thoroughly chopped and mixed. This smells amazing!


Add the spinach, onion and pepper mixture to the ground turkey and mix thoroughly.


Season the meat to taste. We use the Badia brand all-purpose seasoning, but you can use whatever you like. Salt and pepper, Adobo, whatever.

Finally, you’ll need to add some elements to help hold the meat together once you start to form the burger patties. This is where the breadcrumbs and egg come in. Add them and mix thoroughly.


Allow the entire mixture to sit, covered, for about 10 minutes to help everything start to hold together.

To form the patties, ball up some meat in your hands. Place on a greased cookie sheet or baking pan and flatten the ball, either with your hands or a spatula.


Recipe makes about 12 medium/large burgers, just enough to feed a small gathering of family or friends. You can always make burgers slightly smaller to get more out of it.

Make sure that the grill is very hot before you add the burgers, and make sure your surface is well oiled. Place your burgers on the grill, and do not move them until they are well-cooked on the grill side. This is very important, as ground turkey has a tendency to fall apart.


When they’re well-done on the downside, flip them, and cook on the other side.

Serve hot on whole wheat hamburger buns with your choice of toppings. I chose to top mine with ketchup and some tangy arugula for a little extra zing. Delicious!


These burgers are divine! We make homemade turkey burgers all the time, but the addition of the spinach and the charcoal flavor definitely elevate them far above our basic stovetop burgers made with a little seasoning.

The Indoor Setup

So I mentioned that I created a nice setup inside, worth of my husband’s grilling. Here’s a shot from further out so you can see more of it.


We recently received this amazing white tableware by Better Homes & Gardens for Walmart, and I love it! There are four options, including some more traditional shapes, but I loved the clean, modern look of these square dishes. At just under $40 for a 16-piece set, there’s no end to what you can do with it. You actually saw the bowl that goes with this set in yesterday’s popsicle recipe. (aff)

I LOVE white tableware because it’s ridiculously easy to make it fit into any color scheme, theme or decorating style — even a grilling party. And since this does involve grilled food — albeit relatively mess-free grilled food — napkins are a MUST. Still, I prefer to avoid disposables whenever possible. Cloth napkins are a great solution, as long as they’re large, and not so fancy that you’ll take offense to your guests wiping their dirty hands on them.

Head over to Green Your Decor for more photos and to see how we decked out our table to accent my husband’s grilling with a Fourth of July theme, including tutorials for making the napkins and centerpiece, all with stuff from Walmart.

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. Mmm mmm! I have got to try these! I think both of my boys (Juice Juice loves spinach and meats) would love these… maybe I’ll do meatballs too. Love your setup!

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