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Beef Burger with Greek Salad Salsa and Feta Yogurt Spread

I wanted to come up with a burger recipe for this contest. We were having a Greek Salad with dinner one night, so I decided to use all of the ingredients in a burger. It turned out great, and is actually my husbands favorite burger.


4 ounces crumbled Mediterranean feta (Athenos brand)
1 cup whole milk yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
Black pepper
2 red vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 yellow or orange vine ripe tomatoes seeded and chopped
1/2 seedless (burpless) cucumber chopped with skin on
25 pitted kalamata olives
5 pepperonchinis chopped
20 fresh mint leaves chopped
20 fresh oregano leaves chopped
2 tablespoons very good extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons Pinot Noir
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds ground beef 80/20
1/2 pound ground chuck
4 pepperonchinis, small chop
25 pitted Kalamata olives, small chop
6 ounces crumbled Mediterranean feta (Athenos brand)
4 tablespoons Pinot Noir
1/4 teaspoon salt
cooking spray or oil for the grill
6 crisp round kaiser rolls, toasted



Put first 5 ingredients into a food processor. Pulse 5-7 times to combine all ingredients. Place in small covered container and chill 2 hours or more.


Place the next 12 ingredients into a food processor. Pulse 5 times for small chunks, not smooth. Refrigerate. Just before cooking the burgers remove salsa and yogurt from refrigerator.

Pre-heat the gas grill to high.
In a large bowl, gently mix the next 7 ingredients until combined. Form the meat into six equal burgers. Gently press an indentation into the middle of each burger. Spray or coat the grill with oil. Place the burgers on the grill and cook 6-8 minutes per side for medium, 135-140 degrees internal temperature, turning only once. During the last minute of cooking slice your rolls and toast on the grill until golden.


To assemble the burgers, place the burger on the bottom roll, place a heaping spoonful of yogurt spread on burger and a large spoonful of salsa on top of the yogurt spread, pressing the salsa int the yogurt. Top the burger with the top of the bun. Enjoy with a glass of Pinot Noir.


This recipe makes a lot of salsa. We use what is left to put on fish or chicken, or, to use as any other salsa with tortilla chips.

At home I will put the burgers in the freezer for 15 minutes to "set" , then put them out on the counter while I pre-heat the grill. The burgers are fine to cook right after assembly, but we tend to enjoy a glass of wine after we do all of the work, but before we are ready to cook.