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Greek Pita Burgers with Spinach, Feta and Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Pita Burgers with Spinach, Feta and Tzatziki Sauce
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 8
Easy grilled dinner ready in just 30 minutes! Flavorful ground beef burgers perfect for Mediterranean meals!
Updated August 18, 2010

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
  • 1 container (8 oz) plain yogurt
  • 4 medium green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Burgers

  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, (thawed) squeezed to drain
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce, torn in half

Steps

  • 1
    Place shredded cucumber in clean dish towel; squeeze to remove any excess liquid. In small bowl, mix cucumber and remaining sauce ingredients. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 2
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix all burger ingredients except buns, tomatoes and lettuce. Shape into 8 patties, 1/4 inch thick. Place patties on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 5 to 8 minutes, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160°F.
  • 3
    Spoon 2 tablespoons sauce on bottom half of each bun. Top with burger, tomato and lettuce. Cover with top halves of buns.

  • The tzatziki sauce can be made ahead and kept, covered in the refrigerator, for up to one day.
  • If you can find it, try using Greek yogurt which is thicker and creamier than plain yogurt.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
240
Calories from Fat
80
Total Fat
9g
13%
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
540mg
23%
Potassium
340mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
2g
9%
Sugars
6g
Protein
12g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%
45%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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