Mediterranean Burgers with Whipped Feta

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Can I tell you how excited I am that we are totally 100% absolutely in grilling season?? Which means … that we are also in the season where my husband helps make dinner! I don’t mean that in a bad way or anything – with all the cooking that I do I prefer to make our meals anyway. But I am a walking disaster when it comes to being a klutz and I have quite the problem of tending to hurt myself doing stupid things.

Hence I am not allowed to touch the grill. Too many possibilities of injuring myself – which has already happened several times in the past. So now I don’t go near it. I just prepare the food and then pass it off to my husband. And then proceed to stand around and supervise when it’s something that I plan to share on the blog. I’m sure he highly enjoys me constantly timing what he’s cooking, asking endless questions and sitting there with my computer making recipe notes. The joys of being married to a food blogger?

Whatevs. I more than make up for it in delicious food. Plus I think it’s fun to cook together. He may disagree on that point – that whole I can be annoying thing.

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But enough about my injury prone self. Let’s talk burgers. I’ve been meaning to create some new burger recipes to share here with you, so when Vijay over at NoshOn.It sent an email asking me to participate in #BurgerWeek I was all over it. I can absolutely get down with delicious juicy burgers. And on that note – make sure you head to the end of this post to find some other awesome burger recipes from this tasty event!

So let’s get to these mediterranean burgers with whipped feta. The burger base itself is nice and flavorful – full of spices, red onion and just a little hint of dijon mustard. Probably my new favorite base for a burger. Just sayin.

And then there are the toppings. Sliced roasted red peppers, a sprinkle of fresh parsley and the really good stuff. Whipped feta. Cloudlike, creamy and fluffy. Flavored up with a little lemon and more parsley. You will have extra whipped feta, so get ready to slather it all over toast or eat with other veggies as a snack. So good.

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Burger time! So tell me, what’s your favorite burger recipe? That way I can try it out and then stand there giving orders when my husband grills. I should probably stop that…

Mediterranean Burgers with Whipped Feta
 
Yield: 4 burgers
Ingredients
For the whipped feta:
  • 8 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 2 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
For the burgers:
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
For serving:
  • 4 burger buns, toasted (if desired)
  • sliced roasted red peppers
  • chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. To make the whipped feta - add the feta, mascarpone and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the lemon zest and parsley and process until incorporated.
  2. To make the burgers - in a medium bowl, add the sirloin, onion, salt, oregano, red pepper, garlic, mustard and worcestershire. Mix until combined (but don’t overwork the meat). Form into four patties.
  3. Light up a grill (charcoal or gas) over medium high heat. When ready, cook the burgers for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until they are done to your liking.
  4. To serve, place a hamburger on a bun. Top with your desired amount of whipped feta, a few slices of the roasted red peppers and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.
Notes
The amounts listed for the whipped feta will make more than you need for the four burgers. The extra is delicious on toast, with crackers, with fruit, veggies, you name it!

Source:
Cookie Monster Cooking

 

Burger Week

Looking for more burger ideas?  Look no further.  Check out the other drool-worthy burgers posted today by some other awesome bloggers:

Taco Turkey Burgers from Rachel Cooks
French Bistro Burgers from Handle the Heat
All American Cheeseburger from Chez Us
Spicy Ahi Tuna Sliders with Crispy Maui Onion Strings from Pineapple and Coconut
Prosciutto-Wrapped Burgers with Cantaloupe Slaw from 10th Kitchen

For the full list of all the goodness shared this week you can check out the #BurgerWeek landing page!  They are also hosting an awesome giveaway (think your own brand new grill!) so head on over to check it out!

 

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Comments

  1. Whipped feta sounds amazing! And on top of a burger? Must be incredible! Clumsy or not, I always think it’s a guy’s job to do the grilling :)

  2. I’m dying over that whipped feta! It looks so good. What a perfect topping for a burger!

  3. I just saw whipped feta somewhere else and I have decided that I need to put it on everything!! It sounds amazing and I bet it tastes awesome on this burger! Yah for grilling season! It is so nice to be able to cook outside and not dirty so many dishes. My husband and your husband would probably have a lot to talk about, haha! I guess there are perks and downsides to being married to a food blogger! Hopefully the perks outweigh the downsides though :)

  4. Ashley the combo of whipped feta and roasted red peppers has me craving one of these burgers for dinner tonight! Grilling season is the best season, isn’t it? (well I guess xmas is the best but shhh we won’t tell anyone that part lol).

  5. whipped feta! love love love it. and on a burger? yum!

  6. Hahaha oh boy… do we want to know what these grilling injuries were?! I’m sure your husband is more than happy to get his grill on… I know I am! Loving this whipped feta… I gotta try me some of that!

  7. Whipped feta!!!!! I’m telling you this stopped me in my tracks. Whipped….feta!!!!!!! oh my yum. How could this go wrong?? Whip it good. Also I love that these burgers have some dijon in them, good idea. Pinning this stat!

  8. Grilling season is the BOMB. :) So awesome that your hubby handles the grilling in your house for you! These burgers look absolutely phenomenal, Ashley! All that whipped feta is literally calling my name! Pinned.

  9. Your description made me crave burgers and I’ve just had dinner!!! Love it so much and the creamy feta topping will make this a fav. in my house.

  10. I can’t take credit for any burger recipes – my husband takes charge of the grill at our house, too! Yours look great.

  11. OMG this burger looks sooo good!

  12. Whipped feta??? Oh my good lord I have got to try this.

  13. How come I’ve never tried whipped feta????? It sounds like the most glorious thing ever! And oh, hey, I’m also beyond excited that grilling season is here. I made some chicken patties yesterday and I have no plan to stop grilling stuff. And by grilling stuff I too mean “shouting at my dad while he grills because I’m also prone to burning myself alive”….. yeah.
    So trying these soon, they look yum!

  14. I often mix feta into my burger meat (usually ground chicken) but I haven’t tried whipped feta! It sounds wonderful for a burger or on top of a salad or grilled veggies!

  15. Having the husband cook is always a good thing. My husband volunteers. He loves grilling with a beer in hand. Ha
    These burger sound delicious! Love the whipped feta

  16. Whipped feta has been on my to-do list for ages! These look amazing! I imagine some slow-roasted red peppers would be incredible on top!

  17. Our similar ideas are starting to scare me a bit! Since Whipped Feta Dip is the name of my game come this Monday, except totally different recipe. I will pin it to great minds thinking alike!! This burgers look fabulous though, and love the mediterranean theme (ANOTHER theme I am going with for next month! Whaaat?)

  18. Yay, love grilling season since I am not allowed to touch the grill either haha. Oh man, these burgers sure do look mouthwatering! I am definitely putting in a request to my husband to make these next time – the whipped feta sounds delicious! Have a great weekend Ashley :)

  19. I laughed when you said “in the season where my husband helps make dinner!” The same thing here ;-) I always prepare the cook and my husband grills it because I am a disaster.. hahhaah! Love your recipe. have a wonderful weekend!

  20. As much as I love to cook, I love it when my husband mans the grill and I can sit down and enjoy that. I never touch the grill…I burn myself enough with the oven as it is.
    This whipped feta is blowing my mind a bit! Never had anything like that and sounds so smooth and delicious with the mascarpone. Makes me feel like it’s dessert almost…maybe just the fact that this burger is such a treat.

  21. It goes without saying that this burger looks and sounds fabulous (mouth is watering right now – no exaggeration!), but it’s the whipped feta part that really caught my attention, Ashley. There’s a version of this in all the tavernas in Greece that’s really popular called ‘tirosalata’.
    As for the husband and food-blogging thing, I think maybe there needs to be a ‘spouses of food bloggers support forum’ or something. They have to put up with quite a lot, let’s face it! ;-)

  22. I am trying to convince Ryan to buy us a grill. Sending him this recipe….thank you for sharing Ashley! Delicious!

  23. Love that whipped feta!! Yum!

  24. Mmmm that whipped feta looks awesome, I usually do whipped goat cheese but I’m going to have to try this. And I love different burger combinations! I only learned how to use a barbecue a couple years ago so I’m more than happy to pass it off onto someone else :P

  25. Whipped feta! Just when I thought cheese couldn’t get any more exciting, it keeps doing it :) Love these burgers!

  26. Why on earth do we not live closer?! Seriously salivating at this right now, any kind of feta wins in my book but on top of a burger?! Amaze balls

  27. These look so good! I really need to get on the whipped feta train – can’t believe I’ve never tried it!.

  28. Those sound delish! Love the addition of whipped feta. :)

  29. Obsessed with whipped feta and these look great! Yay for hubby helping with dinner. I wish I had a working grill so mine could help too. Have a lovely weekend!

  30. The burgers look and sound amazing, Ashley! Love the whipped feta- so delicious!

  31. You have me at whipped feta! The burger looks mouthwatering, Ashley.

  32. I love myself a good burger, especially when it’s slathered in whipped feta (and on homemade burger buns)! I love your creation here — sounds relish! Have a nice weekend, Ashley. :)

  33. I am also very injury prone when I grill. I learned the hard way by igniting it with the lid closed and burning off my arm hair. Hehe. I still love to grill though and am the resident griller in my house, I’m just more careful at startup! These look awesome! I love love loveeee grilling season. Everything tastes better with a little char-grilled flavah. I’m really into this whole burger week thing. I wish every week was burger week! :)

  34. Great combo, great burger!

    ela h.

  35. ummm…WOW. These look absolutely amazing!! Whipped Feta is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  36. I am so excited that it’s grilling season, too! It means it’s my husband’s turn to cook more, yay! Like you, I’m not allowed around the grill! :) I think I just found my new burger recipe…these look delicious! Especially wit the feta!

  37. I don’t touch the grill either. More so because I’d have no idea what I’m doing! Justin is the griller in our family and he loves it, so we’re both exciting for grilling season too! He’d love this burgers and I think my favorite part would have to be the whipped feta. Yum!

  38. I am thrilled we are in full fledged grilling season! And grilled burgers totally mean summer to me! These mediterranean burgers look and sound fantastic! And whipped feta – totally intrigued! Hope you have a great weekend Ashley :)

  39. Happy Friday Ashley!

    I’m not gonna lie, nothing can beat your eggplant quinoa casserole because that must be my favorite recipe ever, but then again, I love grilling because it’s my husbands territory and zero work for me!

    But whipped feta? This is a big news flash to me. I’m so eager to try! Wow, you used sirloin for your burger….hmmm. What the heck, I’m going to do the same! Have a great weekend =)

    • haha thank you Laura! And yes, you must try whipped feta! I never used to use sirloin but after trying it once … well, I’ve never gone back : )

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