Olive and Goat Cheese Stuffed Greek Burgers

I don’t like ordinary burgersI always try to do something fancy.  This time it was soooooooooooo good!  If you like Greek food, you will love thisAll the tastes of a gyro, in a burger.

It combines goat cheese, kalmata olives, and tzatziki with ground lambI chose to use a kaiser roll for the bun in order to not overdo the breadIt’s light and the crust has a wonderful sheen to itI toasted the bun so that the tzatziki would just sit right on top of the bun instead of melting into itOverall, it was awesomeIf you don’t like lamb (or don’t want to splurge because it is pricey), you can use a lean ground beefOne more piece of advice, drain your olives REALLY wellYou don’t want to water down your cheese!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lamb burger (ground beef would work as well)
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/3 cup drained and chopped kalmata olives
  • 6 oz. goat cheese crumbles
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill weed
  • Ripe Tomato
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Kaiser Buns, halved and toasted
  • Tzatziki

Directions:

  1. First you need to preheat grill on medium high heatGrease grate with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine meat, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, onion powder, and thymeSet aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine olives, goat cheese, and dill weed.
  4. Divide meat into four parts. Pinch off about 1/3 of each portion and set asideForm 2/3 part into a pattySpray the bottom of a 1/3 measuring cup with cooking spray and press into patty to form a wellFill well with 1/4 of the cheese mixturePlace reserved portion on top of cheese and pinch with bottom patty to sealRepeat with remaining mixtures.
  5. Place patties on hot grill and cook for 8 minutes per side (16 minutes total).  Spread tzatziki on one half of the bun, top with lettuce and tomato, and place burger on bunServe immediately.

Serves 4

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