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Ultimate Feta Burger

This is a twist on the feta burgers my parents and I have been making for a while. We just loved the flavor and texture of the melted feta inside the burgers as a little suprise. I perfected the technique in college, and now took it one notch up with the spread and mixture of meats. ENJOY!

Ingredients 

Spread: (active prep: 20 min.)
- ½ seedless cucumber
- ½ t. salt - 7oz. Greek yogurt, drained
- 3 T. minced roasted red bell pepper
- 1/8 t. dry dill weed
- 3/8 t. minced garlic
Burger patty: (active prep time: 20 min.)
- 1 ½ lb ground leg of lamb
- ½ lb ground beef (80% lean)
- ½ t. dried oregano
- 4oz. feta cheese, drained
- Lemon pepper to taste
Toppings/Bread:
- Sesame kalamata focaccia (substitute sesame or kalamata focaccia or seasame buns)
- Plum tomatoes, sliced
- White onion, sliced
- Romaine lettuce
- Grape vine smoking chips/branches soaked in water for 20 to 30 minutes

Instructions 

Instructions: Grate cucumber on large grater. Squeeze out excess liquid. Toss in strainer with salt, let sit 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid. Combine strained cucumber with yogurt, roasted red bell pepper, dill weed, and garlic. Cover and chill spread until use. Combine both meats and oregano. Form into 1/3 lb patties. Cut feta into ¾ oz pieces. Form pocket in patties and stuff with feta slices. Close patty around cheese and press patties into ½ inch thickness. Liberally sprinkle both sides of patties with lemon pepper. Place grape vine chips in grill on charcoal or in smoking container of gas grill. Cook burgers on gas grill on medium heat for 10 minutes per side. Cut focaccia into burger size pieces and cut each one in half horizontally. Toast focaccia pieces, or buns, on the grill. Place burgers on half of focaccia pieces or buns and garnish with lettuce, tomato and onion. Spread with reserved cucumber yogurt spread.