Tuesday, July 6, 2010

0 Recipe #133: Gourmet Feta Burgers with Fresh Herbs & Spices

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As promised, here's the recipe for the gourmet feta burgers with fresh herbs & spices that we had earlier tonight. The fresh herbs (& fresh garlic) really do make a huge difference, & tremendously enhance the overall flavor. After using fresh herbs for tonight's burgers, I don't think we'll be going back to the dried stuff anytime soon. :)

Both Erik & I agree: These burgers were absolutely delicious!!!!

Gourmet Feta Burgers with Fresh Herbs & Spices

1.2 lbs grass-fed, organic, 93% fat-free ground beef (or leaner, if available) 
1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. garlic, finely minced (about 2 1/2 large cloves)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1/3 c. nonfat feta cheese, sliced into small cubes (or 1/2 c. if you like more cheese)
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. paprika
1/8 c. (2 Tbsp.) fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, finely minced & tightly packed
1/8 c. (2 Tbsp.) fresh oregano leaves, finely minced & tightly packed (about 4 sprigs)
2 Tbsp. (2 Tbsp.) fresh mint leaves, finely minced & tightly packed
1 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves, finely minced & tightly packed
1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, tightly packed (about 4 sprigs)

Directions: Put ground beef in a bowl & set aside. Mash together garlic, salt, & pepper with a mortar & pestle to form a garlic paste, (or use a food processor if you prefer), & then add to beef, using a spatula to scoop out every little bit of paste. Next add feta, lemon juice, paprika, & all of the fresh herbs. Mix everything together thoroughly using your hands. Form 4 hamburger patties & grill to your liking. [On a hot (indoor) George Foreman grill, it takes only about 1 1/2 minutes to reach medium rare, 2 minutes for medium, and about 3 minutes for medium well.]

Transfer to whole grain/multi-grain hamburger buns & garnish with whatever toppings you'd like (lettuce, tomato, ketchup, A1 sauce, etc.). Serve immediately.

Yield: Makes 4 burgers.

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