During the past few years, I’ve really tried to create my own recipes or adapt the ones I’ve found to better suit my palate and budget. This recipe, Get Her to the Greek Burger, is an adaption of a Rachael Ray recipe I first made about seven years ago. It was her original idea, but I perfected it (ha!). These burgers are great for dinner, or could be made as sliders for that big football game that comes around once a year, which I really only watch for the commercials. You could also make mini meatballs and put them in pita bread. Yum!
The Get Her to the Greek is made with ground lamb or 93/7 ground turkey burger, spinach, feta cheese, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper. It’s topped with my version of a tzatziki sauce and served on a whole grain hamburger roll. For the side, I made roasted sweet potato wedges. However, a couscous salad would also go well with this.
Get Her to the Greek w/ Feta Tzatziki Sauce
1 lb. of ground lamb or 93/7 ground turkey
1 -10 oz. box of frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained*
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 c. feta cheese crumbles, divided
2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1- 6 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, 1/4 c. of feta cheese, lemon juice, 1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Stir, cover and refrigerate. I recommend making this a few hours ahead so the flavors can marry.
– You can add some diced cucumbers to the tzatziki as well, just remember to strain them for a bit before adding them. Otherwise they will water down your sauce.-
2. Cook spinach in microwave according to package directions. Strain out liquids using a strainer and the back side of a spoon. You can squeeze it using a kitchen rag, but you’ll probably sustain 3rd degree burns (trust me, I tried it- ouch!)
3. Heat a small sautee pan over medium-low heat with 1 tsp. of olive oil. Add garlic and onions and cook until translucent – about three to five minutes. Transfer to large bowl to cool.
4. In the same bowl as the garlic and onions, add your ground meat, spinach, remainder of feta cheese, and salt and pepper. Combine with your hands, and form into about 6 patties. Make sure your patties are about the same size and height, so they cook evenly.
5. Heat a large non-stick skillet pan over medium-high heat. Add burgers to the pan, turning after about 5-6 minutes on each side. Turkey burgers should be cooked through, or to 165 degrees. Remove the burgers from the pan and let them sit for another 3-5 minutes (they will continue to cook and reach a temp of about 170).
Add burgers to your favorite rolls or pita bread, top with tzatziki sauce, and enjoy!