Greek Feta Burgers

Add some mushrooms, feta cheese and oregano and you have a whole new burger. Try substituting ground chicken, turkey or veal. Forget the bun-I love to serve these over a bed of couscous. But if you’re serving them on a bun, be sure to include lettuce, tomatoes and onions for an extra serving of veggies.

1. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking oil; add the mushrooms and onions and cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until softened and browned. Remove from the heat. Stir in the feta.

2. Combine the beef, chives, oregano, barbecue sauce, breadcrumbs, garlic and egg in a bowl. Stir in the onion mixture. Mix thoroughly. Form into 5 patties.

3. Spray a non-stick grill pan or barbecue grill with cooking oil and heat to medium-high. Grill the patties for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the center. (Alternatively, place on a baking sheet in the center of a preheated 450ºF oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through, turning once.) Garnish with oregano and crumbled feta cheese, if desired.

1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup light feta cheese, crumbled
1 lb extra-lean ground beef or lamb
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives or green onions
3 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
2 Tbsp barbecue sauce
3 Tbsp dry seasoned breadcrumbs
2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 egg
3 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or parsley

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 194
Protein 21 g
Fat 9.6 g
Saturated Fat 3.6 g
Carbohydrates 5.9 g
Cholesterol 76 mg
Sodium 210 mg
Fiber 0.8 g

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Make Ahead: Prepare to the grilling stage up to a day in advance, cover well and refrigerate. Grill just before serving.

Serves 5