Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki

I took the traditional Memorial Day burger in a new direction this year with a little Greek spin. These burgers are a simple recipe, but the finish with a topping of crumbled feta and a schmear of tzatziki sauce really take them up a notch, inmyhumbleopinion. Our grill was acting out this weekend (convenient, I know), so I actually made these in a pan on the stovetop, but they’re built for grilling, too, and can go either way. Use this basic recipe for a truly delicious regular burger, or top with other cheese and toppings/fixings for another twist. But this one’s a good one, so here you go.

WHAT YOU NEEDfetaburger2
makes ~6 burgers
* 1 1/2lb ground beef (I recommend 80/20 or 85/15 as far as lean/fat – you want some fat in there, I promise)
* 1/4t salt
* 1/4t freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2t dried minced garlic
* 1/4t garlic powder
* 1t (heaping) onion powder
* 1T barbecue sauce
* 1 egg
* OPTIONAL: Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (only if needed; see below)
* crumbled feta cheese
* tzatziki sauce (the link goes to a recipe for a quick one you can make at home, but use any recipe you like, or a prepared tzatziki even, and you’ll be in good shape)
* your favorite burger buns

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, seasonings, BBQ sauce, and egg. I recommend mixing carefully by hand until everything’s well incorporated. If the texture feels too thin to you, you can add a teaspoon or two of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs to help hold it together.

IF GRILLING: Heat and oil your grill, then divide the meat mixture evenly six ways and form into patties. Grill 3-4 minutes per side, top with a sprinkle of feta just for the last minute or so.

IF PAN-COOKING: Heat a large skillet over medium heat with some nonstick spray, olive oil, or a bit of butter. Divide the meat mixture evenly and form into six patties. Cook about 4 minutes per side. With one minute to go, sprinkle each with a bit of the feta, reduce the heat to low, and cover to finish.

Place a burger on the bottom side of your burger bun, and spread a good scoop of the tzatziki sauce on the top for serving. Enjoy!

Hope you had a great weekend! Here’s to a summer of infinite burgers!


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