Mediterranean Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Mediterranean Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Do you consider yourself a burger connoisseur?  Mediterranean Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce are filled with olives, feta cheese, lemon juice, and fresh herbs that pack a flavorful punch.

Mediterranean Burgers

I’ve served ’em in pita pockets with creamy Tzalziki Sauce.  To add Mediterranean flavor to your burgers, add lemon zest into ground lamb or beef, then spread a kalamata olive paste onto the pita bread.

Mediterranean Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

If you’re like me, you’ll welcome this new summer burger.  I especially appreciate the flavor the lemon gives the meat.  I’ve tried Mediterranean Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce using both lamb and beef and enjoyed them equally.

In a bowl, combine feta cheese, oregano, rosemary, 1/2 tsp. pepper, and the lemon zest. Add ground meat and mix gently. Form into four 1-in.-thick patties.  I recommend using this burger press to do the trick, it’s like mine, but better!

Mediterranean Burgers

In a blender, whirl olives, dill, parsley, lemon juice, sugar, and remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. at a time, to make a smooth paste.

Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-hot (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 3 to 4 seconds). Grill burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked through (cut to test), 10 to 12 minutes total.

Mediterranean Burgers

Toast both sides of the pita bread on the grill. Brush toasted sides with remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil and spread each with about 1 tsp. of the olive spread. Add some Tzatziki Sauce and top with burgers, tomato, cucumber, red onion, fresh dill, and romaine.

Mediterranean Burgers

For Tzatziki Sauce: Combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt; 1/4 cup finely chopped seeded cucumber; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper.  It’s best served at room temperature. Be sure to chill any leftovers though.

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So full of fabulous flavor hot off the grill, Mediterranean Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce are great with or without grilled pita bread. Try the veggies and olives too!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 4 burgers
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1½ pounds ground lamb or beef
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 pita pockets
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • ¼ medium English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 romaine lettuce leaves
For Tzatziki sauce:
  • ½ cup plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped seeded cucumber
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper.
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine feta cheese, oregano, rosemary, ½ tsp. pepper, and the lemon zest. Add ground meat and mix gently. Form into four 1-in.-thick patties.
  2. In a blender, whirl olives, dill, parsley, lemon juice, sugar, and remaining ¼ tsp. pepper. Add 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. at a time, to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-hot (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 3 to 4 seconds). Grill burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked through (cut to test), 10 to 12 minutes total.
  4. Toast pita pockets on the grill. Brush toasted sides with remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil and spread each with about 1 tsp. of the olive spread. Add some Tzatziki Sauce. Top with burgers, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and romaine.
For Tzatziki sauce:
  1. Combine plain low-fat, Greek-style yogurt, finely chopped seeded cucumber, salt and ground red pepper. Set aside.

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Mediterranean Burgers

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Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

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