Mediterranean Stuffed Burgers

Greek-inspired, these grilled hamburgers feature a surprise center of feta cheese, lemon and herbs for the freshest, tastiest burgers ever.

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 40 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

3
plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded, chopped
2
tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
2
teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
1
cup crumbled feta cheese (4 oz)
1 1/2
teaspoons grated fresh lemon peel
1
teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
tablespoons garlic-pepper blend
6
burger buns, split

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill. In medium bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, vinegar, salt and 2 teaspoons of the oregano. Let stand at room temperature until burgers are ready to eat.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix remaining 1 teaspoon oregano, the cheese, lemon peel and oil; set aside.
  • 3 In large bowl, sprinkle beef with garlic-pepper blend; gently mix until well blended. Shape mixture into 6 balls. Using end of thumb, make a deep depression in each ball, but do not push all the way through. Spoon about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into each depression. Gently shape beef around cheese mixture, sealing it inside. Press balls to form patties, 1/4 inch thick and about 5 inches in diameter.
  • 4 Place patties on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 12 to 16 minutes, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in center of beef reads 160°F.
  • 5 Place burgers on bottoms of buns; spoon tomato mixture over burgers. Top with tops of buns.
  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill. In medium bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, vinegar, salt and 2 teaspoons of the oregano. Let stand at room temperature until burgers are ready to eat.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix remaining 1 teaspoon oregano, the cheese, lemon peel and oil; set aside.
  • 3 In large bowl, sprinkle beef with garlic-pepper blend; gently mix until well blended. Shape mixture into 6 balls. Using end of thumb, make a deep depression in each ball, but do not push all the way through. Spoon about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into each depression. Gently shape beef around cheese mixture, sealing it inside. Press balls to form patties, 1/4 inch thick and about 5 inches in diameter.
  • 4 Place patties on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 12 to 16 minutes, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in center of beef reads 160°F.
  • 5 Place burgers on bottoms of buns; spoon tomato mixture over burgers. Top with tops of buns.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Italian plum tomatoes are a good choice for these burgers because they have less juice than regular tomatoes.

Sweet onions are named for where they're grown. And because they come from both sides of the equator, sweet onions--whether Maui, Oso Sweet, Rio Sweet or Walla Walla--are always in season.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
24%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
110mg
110%;
Sodium
690mg
690%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
33g
33%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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