Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Greek Style Spinach and Feta Burgers

I am not very adventurous when it comes to cheese.  I like the basics: mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar, American, Swiss.  But anything with mold or a fancy stinky cheese is not something I go for at all.  I consider feta cheese adventurous in my book. :)  I bought some feta cheese recently and then I realized that I better find a recipe to use it up before it became a moldy stinky cheese.    I decided to make a Greek style burger and this is what I came up with... kind of like a burger meets a spanakopita.

1lb ground beef or lamb (lean)
1 cup fresh baby spinach chopped
1 Tbs finely minced mint
1 tsp finely minced fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried
1 Tbs finely minced fresh parsley
1/2 small red onion chopped small
salt and black pepper to taste ( I used McCormick burger seasoning)
1-2 cloves of garlic grated

2-3 Tbs mayo
1 Tbs sriracha
salt and black pepper
2 Tbs of feta 

Finely chop spinach,onions, mint, oregano and parsley.  Add it to the ground meat with the, grated garlic, feta cheese, salt and black pepper.
Make four equally sized burgers.  Try to make the center thinner so the burger cooks evenly.  Cook for several minutes on each side with some a little oil in a skillet or cast iron pan.   Make sauce if your desire. Serve in burger bun with more feta cheese and cucumbers. Enjoy.

Note:  My husband and kids ate it with a bun, I ate this burger with a salad for a low carb meal option.

Here is a burger  cooking guide from: http://www.cookscountry.com/how-to/burgers/

MEDIUM-RARE BURGER: 125 to 130 degrees, 2 to 3 minutes per side
MEDIUM BURGER: 135 to 140 degrees, 3 to 4 minutes per side
MEDIUM-WELL BURGER: 145 to 160 degrees, 4 to 5 minutes per side
WELL-DONE BURGER: 160 degrees and up, 5 minutes and up per side

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