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Feta & Tomato-Topped Greek Burgers Recipe

Feta & Tomato-Topped Greek Burgers Recipe

A cooking class that taught me to make my own pita bread inspired me to create this "Greek" burger. The beef-lamb mixture is an interesting change of pace, and the fresh tomato-feta salad adds a delightful, summery taste. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Grill: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pitted Greek olives, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • BURGERS:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground lamb
  • 6 whole pita breads, warmed

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine first 10 ingredients; set aside. For burgers, place oil, wine, vinegar, thyme, rosemary and garlic in a food processor; cover and process until blended.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine oil mixture, bread crumbs and salt. Crumble beef and lamb over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • 3. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Serve burgers on pita breads with tomato mixture. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 burger with 3/4 cup topping and 1 pita bread equals 698 calories, 40 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 107 mg cholesterol, 1,691 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 36 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.