Mediterranean burgers with feta cheese sauce

I created this recipe for a promotion I did with Scott paper towels. It was such a hit that I knew I had to include it here. The sauce is a must and totally completes this burger. No need for a bun.

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS
1. To make the burgers, combine the ground beef, egg, dried basil and oregano, breadcrumbs, ketchup, garlic, onion and feta in a large bowl and shape into 4 burger patties. Grill or sauté in a pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Cook on 1 side for 7 minutes, then turn over and cook 3 to 5 more minutes or just until beef is done.

2. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth.

3. Serve the burgers with the sauce and garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

INGREDIENTS
BURGERS:
1 lb extra-lean ground beef
1 egg
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp seasoned dry breadcrumbs
3 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 1 oz)

SAUCE:
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 1 oz)
1/4 cup light cream cheese (about 2 oz), softened
3 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt (or sour cream)
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp dried basil

GARNISH (OPIONAL):
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or parsley

NOTES
Nutritional Analysis per Serving (per burger)

Calories 257
Protein 29 g
Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 4.8 g
Carbohydrates 11 g
Cholesterol 126 mg
Sodium 370 mg
Fiber 0.9 g

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Make Ahead: Prepare the burgers up to 1 day in advance or freeze, separately wrapped, for up to 2 months. Grill without defrosting, just before serving.

Serves 4

Nutrition Watch: Lean ground beef is a high quality protein, is a good source of B vitamins and iron and contains zinc.

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