My Greek inspired Feta Burger with Tzatziki is a great recipe for anyone who enjoys burgers as much as I do. The beef patties are flavored with tangy feta cheese, red onion, roasted red peppers, and a combination of Greek inspired herbs and seasonings. For ease I’ve cooked these under the broiler, but they cook equally well outdoors on the grill or barbecue when the sun is shining.
FETA BURGER WITH TZATZIKI
Nothing beats a delicious, juicy burger on the grill in the summer.
As we approach Labor Day this Feta Burgers with Tzatziki is one to add to the them.
What I love most about this recipe is that there is an assortment of my favorite Greek flavors used throughout this burger.
I’ve added tangy, salty feta to the beef patty, along with oregano and fresh parsley.
I’ve then topped the burgers off with a drizzle of fresh, creamy and slightly sour tzatziki.
The tzatziki is perfect with the rich burger and is one of my favorite toppings.
You guys probably know my love for all types of Greek recipes and ingredients. My other favorite burger recipes include my Tex Mex Burger, Mediterranean Burger, Easy Greek Burger and Greek Chicken Burger.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE FETA BEEFBURGER WITH TZATZIKI?
GROUND BEEF: I have used 2 pounds of Heinen’s CARE certified ground beef, 80/20 which will give you 4 good sized burgers.
This ground beef tastes great as there is the perfect balance of lean ground beef and just the right amount of fat. You could also make these burgers using ground lamb.
BELL PEPPERS: I add 1/4 cup of roasted red peppers from a jar for convenience in the burger itself. I then like to add some finely chopped red bell peppers to top the burger once it’s cooked.
ONION: I add red onion to the burger mix as it has a great mild flavor. You could substitute with a yellow onion or shallots. I also like to add fresh red onion to top the burger.
HERBS: I use a combination of dried oregano and fresh parley to flavor the meat.
SEASONING: I season my burgers with paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
FETA: A 1/4 cup of Heinen’s feta cheese adds a great salty tang to the burger mix. I also like to add some extra feta as a topping to the cooked burger.
BUNS: My favorite burger bun for this recipe are Heinen’s new brioche hamburger buns.
TZATZIKI: A drizzle of tzatziki sauce adds great flavor to this Greek flavored feta burger.
BURGER TOPPINGS: As well as the tzatziki, I top my burgers with finely chopped red bell peppers, sliced red onion, sliced tomato and lettuce for added crunch.
HOW TO MAKE FETA BEEFBURGER WITH TZATZIKI?
MAKE THE BEEF PATTIES. To make the burgers combine the Heinen’s ground beef, with roasted red peppers, red onion, parsley, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper and feta cheese in a large mixing bowl and mix well with your hands.
Portion the beef mixture into four even sized patties and set aside.
COOK THE BURGERS. Heat the broiler to medium high and grill the burgers until cooked through, roughly 8-10 minutes each side. Flip the burgers over mid way through the cook to ensure a nice crisp outside.
The burgers are cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
ASSEMBLE THE BURGERS. To assemble the burger, layer the bottom of the bun onto a plate. Next layer on the sliced red onion, sliced tomato and lettuce on the bun.
Add the freshly cooked burger and top with the tzatziki, feta cheese, finely minced red onion and red bell pepper.
MODIFICATIONS FOR THIS GREEK FETA BURGER:
When it comes to topping your burger there really are lots of options, it is entirely down to personal taste.
I like topping my burger with bell pepper, red onion, tomato and lettuce. However, I also include some tangy feta and drizzle over some tzatziki.
There are a lot of options for toppings on a Greek burger and here are some of my other favorites:
Kalamata or green olives
Arugula or Romaine lettuce
HOW TO TELL IF THE BURGER IS COOKED?
A burger is cooked to well done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160F. I find the easiest way to do this is to use a meat thermometer inserted into burger.
Alternatively, pierce the burger with a sharp knife and if the cooking juices run clear the burger is cooked. If the juices run pink, place the back under the broiled to cook a little longer.
WHAT IS A GREEK BURGER MADE OF?
A Greek burger can be made with either ground beef or lamb and is flavored with onion and Greek seasoning. I’ve included freshly chopped parsley and oregano along with garlic powder and a touch of paprika for added spice.
IS TZATZIKI GOOD ON BURGERS?
Yes, absolutely! It’s fresh, creamy and slightly sour flavor pairs beautifully with the salty, tangy feta cheese and any additional burger toppings that you might want to add (I’ve included some suggestions later in the post).
RECIPE HINTS & TIPS:
- WEIGH YOUR BURGERS: I like to divide my burger mixture into 4 portions of equal weight. I then try and ensure that they are all shaped similar in both size and thickness. This ensures that the burgers all cook evenly when under the grill.
- DON’T WALK AWAY FROM THE BROILER: When cooking the burgers I recommend standing close to the broiler, that way you don’t run the risk of the burgers burning while your back is turned.
- STORE BURGERS IN THE REFRIGERATOR: Once the beef patties have been made and shaped, you can place them onto a plate, cover with kitchen foil and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.
- FREEZING BURGERS: Once cooked, allow the burgers to cool down and place in an airtight container. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer and defrost in the refrigerator. Then once defrosted place the burgers into a hot oven to warm through.
- COOK OUTDOORS ON THE GRILL/BBQ: For ease during the week I cook these under the broiler. However, you can also cook these burgers outdoors on your grill or barbecue. They are great to enjoy outdoors when the sun in shining.
- REST THE BURGERS: Like all meat, I always rest my burgers for 5 minutes before serving. This allow the juices to be reabsorbed back into the burger, resulting a juicy, better tasting, more flavorful burger.
- FEED A CROWD: Feeding a crowd, no problem, this recipe can be easily doubled or trebled to cater for larger numbers.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH FETA BEEFBURGERS WITH TZATZIKI?
When I make burgers I often like to serve a vegetable with it, if I’m not serving salad. I especially like these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Simple Garlic Parmesan Green Beans or Turmeric Cauliflower.
TRY SOME OF MY OTHER GREAT TASTING BURGER RECIPES:
- 2 pounds Heinen's CARE certified ground beef, 80/20
- 1/4 cup roasted red peppers or red bell peppers, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons red onion, finely minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Heinen's Brioche Buns
- 1 cup of Tzatziki Sauce, divided
- Red Bell Peppers, finely chopped for garnish
- Red onion, finely chopped for garnish
- Sliced red onion, tomato and lettuce for garnish
- Combine ground beef, roasted red peppers, red onion, parsley, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper and feta cheese in a large mixing bowl and mix well with your hands.
- Portion the beef mixture into four patties and grill to 160° F internal temperature.
- Lay the bottom of the bun on the plate. Layer sliced red onion, sliced tomato and lettuce on the bun. Add the burger.
- Top the burger with tzatziki, feta cheese, finely minced red onion and red bell pepper. Enjoy!