Monday, August 9, 2010

Feta Cheese Burger


Burgers make for a great quick meal, and everyone in our house loves them. I'm always trying to find new ideas to make dinner time fun and interesting, and if I can add a serving of vegetables into the mix, even better. I love all kinds of Greek food, so when I was looking through magazines and blogs to put together my weekly menu, this Greek inspired burger caught my eye.

It comes courtesy of "Cuisine at Home", and makes for a great filling meal. Seriously, the burgers ended up being so big, we could only eat half a burger each and were completely satisfied. The burgers are made with ground chuck (I ended up using 93% fat free ground beef), but next time I will look for ground lamb instead to give it an even more authentic flavor. The burgers get a Mediterranean flair by adding garlic, oregano and marjoram to the onions, which are then sauteed before incorporating the mixture into the ground meat. The burgers are formed into a long and narrow shape (think mini meat loaf) to fit them onto a hoagie roll, but you could also serve them on a round bun. The meat is grilled on the BBQ, and right before removing, the cooked burgers are then topped with a wonderful feta sauce which is whisked together quickly in a food processor.



The sauce is a mix of feta cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, peperoncini peppers, scallions and lemon zest. The flavors compliment each other nicely and the sauce has a pleasant tartness to it. To complete each burger, red leaf lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers are added to each bun before topping them with the grilled burger. No further condiments were needed. 

The result, a great, very different tasting burger that was the perfect and quick ending to a long hot day. I simply served it with fresh watermelon and everyone left the table satisfied and happy. Definitely a recipe that I will be making again, especially since I will be making it with ground lamb the next time. If you are a burger aficionado, this recipe is definitely a must to try out!


Feta Cheese Burgers
(adapted from "Cuisine at Home")

Ingredients:

For the Feta Sauce:
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup peperoncini peppers, sliced
3 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Burgers:
2 pounds ground chuck or lamb (I used 93% ground beef)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
Salt and Pepper to taste
Prepared Feta Sauce
6 hoagie rolls
Red leaf lettuce
Tomato slices
Thinly sliced English Cucumber

Preparation:

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Process feta cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt until smooth. Add the peperoncini, scallions, zest, and seasonings. Pulse to coarsely chop, then set aside.

In a medium skilled heat olive oil. Add red onion and saute until soft. Add the garlic along with the spices and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes before adding to the ground meat.

After adding the onion mixture to the ground beef (or lamb) shape meat into 6 equal portions the size of your hoagie roll. Season with more salt and pepper. Grill burgers on an oiled grate for 4 minutes; flip and cook 2 minutes more (or cook the meat to desired doneness). 
Top each burger with a scoop of the Feta Sauce; grill another minute or until the sauce starts to melt.

Serve burgers on rolls with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.


18 comments:

  1. yum...gr8888888 recipe dear. Gorgeous clicks..!

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  2. Love this. Love burgers. Totally going to try it. I just got my first food processor, now I have something to use it for!

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  3. That is one gorgeous looking burger, Susi. That sauce sounds awesome.

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  4. Now that is a handsome burger. It sounds delicious as well. I love that magazine and never miss it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  5. That feta sauce looks amazing!

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  6. That sounds amazing. My 11 year old daughter has started to put cream cheese on her burger instead of regular cheese last year and now she doesn't want anything else.

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  7. The burger looks incredible, will definitely be trying this out.

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  8. Love the flavors in this! That sauce sounds amazing- I bet this would also be good in a pita! Thanks!

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  9. Da sind wir ja beide auf dem gleichen griechischem Foodtrip zur Zeit, oder? Ich habe Lammhack im Freezer. Gruesse.

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  10. This is irresistible Susi! I love the sauce on top. So delicious! It'd be hard to stop at half a burger!

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  11. I wish my husband liked feta and greek food. I would love to try this.

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  12. Wow! You have really been cranking out some wonderful recipes in your kitchen. This one looks delicious. I'm loving that feta sauce.

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  13. Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!

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  14. Damn woman, that is one beautiful sandwich if I can say so myself.

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  15. I'm kinda "neh" as regards meat, but I'll tell you that your sauce made grown men weep when we served it over grilled halibut. I mean grown and I mean weep. I'm getting all teary-eyed remembering it.

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  16. Hi Lizzie, I haven't gotten the "grown men weep" effect yet, but I'm so glad you enjoyed the sauce! I've never thought of serving the sauce with fish, you just gave me a great idea :o) Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
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