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Apr 8, 2011 by

Have you ever been to Greece?  I love the people, countryside and the food. I was  looking for new ways to put a twist on an old favorite when my sister turned me onto this wonderful version of the hamburger.  The saltiness and earthiness of the feta makes a nice change from the usual hamburger accoutrements.  It’s easy to fix, can be prepared a day ahead, and on top of all that, it’s low in fat.  Serves 5

Greek-flavored Burgers with Feta Aioli.

Aioli Ingredients:
½ cup crumbled feta cheese (about 2 ounces)
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt

The Aioli will have the consistency of mayo.

Burger Ingredients:
5 slices red onions, 1/2-inch thick
Cooking spray
1 lb. lean ground beef (90% works best)
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs (used unflavored style)
1/3 cup chopped bottled roasted red pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 cloves garlic, crushed
5 sourdough rolls or other type of bun

To Prepare Aioli:

Combine first 4 ingredients in a food processor and pulse 1 minute or until smooth, cover and chill.

To Prepare Burgers:

  1. Preheat grill or broiler, place onion slices on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray and cook 2 minutes per side.  Set aside
  2. Combine beef and next 9 ingredients (through crushed garlic) in a large mixing bowl
  3. Divide beef into 5 equal portions and shap into ½-inch thick patties
  4. Cook 6 minutes per side

Serve each burger with a slice of onion and a shmeer (that’s a spreading) of the Aioli.

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Debra Pearlman Has Written 23 Articles For Us!

I own my production company, Peal Productions LLC. I now make my living as a documentary filmmaker who specializes in natural history and wildlife. I get to travel and experience amazing things, but I also know how hard it is to be a woman of a certain age, trying to make a living. I expanded my production company to include work in digital media, social media, and website design. This combines my photography/graphic arts/environmental science degrees and keeps me employed.
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