Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

YieldsMakes 4 burgers
AuthorElizabeth Farquhar, Ashburton, England,
To add Mediterranean flavor to your burgers, stir feta cheese, oregano, rosemary, and lemon zest into ground lamb or beef, then spread a kalamata olive paste onto the buns.

 

 

How to Make It

Step 1
1

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.

Step 2
2

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.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
4

Split rolls and toast cut sides on the grill. Brush toasted sides with remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil and spread each with about 1 tsp. of the olive spread. Top with burgers, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and romaine.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per burger.

Ingredients

 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or beef
 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1/4 teaspoon sugar
 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
 4 kaiser or other sandwich rolls
 1 large tomato, sliced
 1/4 medium English cucumber, thinly sliced
 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
 8 romaine lettuce leaves

Directions

Step 1
1

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.

Step 2
2

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.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
4

Split rolls and toast cut sides on the grill. Brush toasted sides with remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil and spread each with about 1 tsp. of the olive spread. Top with burgers, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and romaine.

Step 5
5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per burger.

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