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If you are a loyal blog reader (and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being one) you will notice that I was not cooking in my own kitchen.  We were at a friend’s house and I made dinner for everyone.  My friend Corey is the awesomest friend a girl could ask for.  If you read my other blog you might recognize her son, baby Matthew.  I met her when she hired me to do some pictures of her older son, we figured out that we are both military families, have sick twisted senses of humor, and have a love of all things Target.  From then on out were besties.  When you move as much as we do, it is hard to make roots and people like her, her husband, and her super sweet children have made our time here in Sacramento that much better.  She is a big fan and one of my biggest cheerleaders.  And I love her.  Plus, she has a great kitchen with the fanciest coffee maker I have ever seen in my life.  Really, it is amazing and I don’t even really drink coffee.  I beg to play at her house.

In a perfect world, I would eat a vegetarian meal once a week.  I tried to adopt the Meatless Monday philosophy but found that having a specific night of the week to do it on was too restrictive.  But I do try to have one vegetarian meal a week.  It is good for your body and your wallet.  Especially when you eat the way that we do.  I could very easily be a vegetarian, as I eat very little red meat as it is, but I would have a hard giving up chicken.  However, if I had meals like this to replace it with, I would have no problem giving it up.  This is my ideal dinner.  It took no time to put together and no time to cook.  I usually also have all of the ingredients in my pantry and freezer.  Everyone at the table liked it (even the skeptics, ahem, Ed) and it will be on heavy rotation around here.  My husband was standing duty on this particular night and was surprisingly jealous that he was missing out on the Greek Spinach Feta burger.  I say surprisingly because this is a man that lives for hamburgers and red meat.  This burger reminds me of an appetizer that my mom used to make at parties when I was a kid.  It had parmesan and a ton of melted butter, but the idea is the same.  You could easily roll these into little balls and bake them off and have a great appetizer.

If you are even toying with the idea of throwing a vegetarian meal into the mix at your house for whatever reason, this is a great place to start.  It is easy, flavorful and I did not miss the meat.  This recipe came from Better Homes and Gardens.

spinach and feta burger recipe(I must admit that I was being chatty while I was cooking this and forgot to take a few of the process pictures.  But it is easy enough that you won’t even miss them.)

1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 cup herb stuffing mix (I like Pepperridge Farm)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
salt and pepper

to assemble the burgers:

4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1 red pepper (I used red and yellow)
1 small red onion sliced thinly
1 large tomato sliced
extra feta crumbles
red onions

for the Cucumber Yogurt Sauce:

1 small container non fat greek yogurt
1 small cucumber chopped finely
1 minced garlic clove
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
salt and pepper

spinach feta burger recipeIn a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, dried herbs, salt and pepper.  Coat the stuffing mix with the olive oil and herbs.  Add the eggs, feta, and spinach.  Shape into 4 patties.

spinach feta burger recipeHeat a pan to medium high heat, spray the pan with cooking spray and cook the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes per side.  The outside should get crispy and brown.

spinach feta burger recipeIf you need to, you can keep the spinach feta burgers warm while you are getting the rest of the toppings together and toasting the buns.  I put them in a 300 degree oven until I was ready for them.

spinach feta burger recipeTo make the Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, simply combine the ingredients in a bowl.

spinach feta burger recipeAdd the Greek Spinach Feta burgers to a toasted whole wheat bun.  Add some sliced tomatoes, red onions, peppers (roasted peppers would be good too) and extra crumbled feta.  Drizzle the yogurt sauce on top.  And just like that, dinner is served.

Greek Spinach Feta Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 cup herb stuffing mix (I like Pepperridge Farm)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • salt and pepper
  • to assemble the burgers:
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 red pepper (I used red and yellow)
  • 1 small red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • extra feta crumbles
  • red onions
  • for the Cucumber Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1 small container non fat greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber chopped finely
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Coat the stuffing mix with the olive oil and herbs. Add the eggs, feta, and spinach. Shape into 4 patties.
  2. Heat a pan to medium high heat, spray the pan with cooking spray and cook the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes per side. The outside should get crispy and brown.
  3. If you need to, you can keep the spinach feta burgers warm while you are getting the rest of the toppings together and toasting the buns. I put them in a 300 degree oven until I was ready for them.
  4. To make the Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, simply combine the ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Add the Greek Spinach Feta burgers to a toasted whole wheat bun. Add some sliced tomatoes, red onions, peppers (roasted peppers would be good too) and extra crumbled feta. Drizzle the yogurt sauce on top. And just like that, dinner is served.
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36 Responses to Greek Spinach Feta Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

  1. Dangler says:

    All of those blue cookery items could only belong to one person! Those burgers look pretty sweet, but the potato wedges look ridic!

  2. Memoria says:

    My mom would love these burgers!!! I must share this post with her.

    P.S. That coffee maker is so snazzy! I can’t believe it costs almost 400 dollars!! That’s crazy! I watched the demo video, and I was impressed. Too bad you have to be stuck with one type of coffee brand, though.

    • bakedbree says:

      It is the coolest thing ever. The pods come in a ton of different kinds. They send a sampler when you buy and it comes with a binder with info on all the blends. Super fancy!

  3. Deborah says:

    I have been trying to eat more vegetarian, also. But mostly when we cut out the meat, we end up with pasta dishes. This is a great way to eat vegetarian without overdoing it on pasta!!

    • bakedbree says:

      that is funny because I rarely ever make pasta dishes. My husband is not a big fan of pasta, so I usually only make it when he isn’t around.

  4. Bernice says:

    Mm I’m getting so hungry from looking at this!

  5. I want one of these right now!!

  6. best-cook says:

    Love the burger with this sauce! Such a good idea to eat the spinach for me that really hate it .

  7. Sophia says:

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!

  8. corey says:

    Bree, you are the sweetest ever! I loved having you come over and whip these little morsels up. It really was like having a bit of Ina/Martha/Nigella/Giada all in one right in my kitchen. Thanks so much for the lovely housecall and a great time!

  9. Corey says:

    Memoria, I thought the same thing about having to buy Nespresso coffee, until I tried it. I’m a huge coffee snob and the pods kept me from buying it. I obviously feel differently now. That little machine might be one of the best things I’ve ever purchased for the kitchen. (aside from my kitchenaid mixer, but I did get that from a friend for a wedding present…)

  10. Andrea Eickelmann says:

    Meant to share this weeks ago
    These burgers were a real hit when i made them and then i decided to get creative and try to give them some protein factor because it was kinda making me feel guilty all those bread crumbs. So I ended up replacing 3/4 of the bread crumbs with quinoa ( yummy grain that is over 5g of protein per serving) and it was awesome. I would recommend for anyone that is carb conscious to try it. Bree do you ever cook quinoa? We love it at my house, its a really catch all and so easy to make.

    • bakedbree says:

      Such a good idea. I bought some quinoa the other day and am not sure what to do with it. Maybe I will start here.

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  12. dak0 says:

    Lots of ingredients for a nice looking burger.
    Deborah you have the same problem which I have. If I want to make something vegetarian, without salad, then mostly it’s a pasta. Now I will make some feta burgers :).

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  15. Lex says:

    I just wanted to say…someone else pointed out these to me not long ago and I have made them at least 4 times since. they are amazingly easy to make and even more amazing to EAT!! :)

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  19. Jenny C says:

    I made this for a family get-together this weekend and was told they were the best burgers ever, veggie or not! I will be making them again – thank you!

  20. Kerry says:

    Love this burger! I’ve been making it for a few years now. I’m thinking tonight I may sub quinoa for the bread crumbs, keeping it extra healthy…. Has anyone ever tried this? How did it tunn out?

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  22. Bob Andrus says:

    Hi, the recipe calls for “1/4 olive oil” One quarter of what? Tablespoon? Cup? Teaspoon?

  23. Stacy says:

    Hi, Bree,

    I’m making this lovely recipe for the umpteenth time (one of our family favorites!) and I figured it was about time I thanked you.

    So, many thanks,

    Stacy

  24. Carly says:

    This recipe is amazing!! It’s so easy and delicious I can’t wait to eat them again! This is the first time that I have ever commented on a website but I just had to applaud these burgers! Thanks for sharing your stories and recipes.

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