Big Fat Greek Burgers (October 11, 2010)

found the recipe here, a food network submission. i was looking for some sort of burger, and settled on this one:

For the yogurt sauce:

* 1/2 cup nonfat Greek style yogurt
* 2 teaspoons olive oil
* 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill leaves
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* Pinch freshly ground black pepper

For the burgers:

* 2 teaspoons olive oil
* 1/2 small onion, chopped
* 2 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
* 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey breast
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 4 whole-wheat burger buns
* 1/4 English cucumber, thinly sliced
* 4 small leaves romaine lettuce, hard ribs removed


In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, and salt and pepper.

Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the feta cheese, dill and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and stir to combine.

Divide the turkey into 4 equal sized rounds. Make 2 equal sized patties out of each round so you have 8 patties total. Put 2 tablespoons of the spinach-feta mixture onto half of the patties. Top with remaining patties working the turkey around the edges to seal burgers closed. Season the burgers on both sides with the salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Spray a nonstick grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat, or prepare the grill. Grill the patties until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

To serve, place a burger on the bottom half of each bun, top with about 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce, then 2 or 3 cucumber slices and a lettuce leaf. Top with the other half of the bun and serve.


overall, i followed the recipe, though i didn’t put cucumber on them because i don’t really like cucumber that much. i would give these burgers a B, maybe a B+. they were solid and tasty, and i would make them again; at the same time, they weren’t so good that i’m writing home either. the yogurt sauce made a big difference, and complimented the burger surprisingly well. recipe wasn’t too much work, though perhaps just a touch more than i wanted to do on a monday night.


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