Here’s my recipe for grilled feta burgers with fresh herbs, topped with mint aioli.
The ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery; ground lamb, fresh herbs, onion, and feta. I buy Dodoni feta at Costco, but 2 or 3 brands of crumbled feta are in most markets now. These herbs are from my garden. I have a decent size patch of Greek oregano, but I used dry oregano in this lamb mixture. Fresh oregano can be a very strong and over powering herb.
This recipe will make 4 to 6 lamb burgers, depending on the size you want.
The mint aioli is a really quick recipe. You can make aioli from scratch, whipping eggs and olive oil. I took the easy route and used Hellmann’s mayonnaise as the base. The mint is from my garden. I have it contained, so I let it flower. The bumble bees love it.
I like to make this aioli with a lot of flavor, so add the garlic and dry mustard slowly. Taste it as you mix, to make sure it has just the right amount of zing for your taste buds. You know the rule. You can always add more, but you can’t take away.
It’s an easy recipe for a delicious alternative to ordinary hamburgers. Enjoy!
Tonight I roasted some peppers and made Diane Kochilas’ Greek Feta & Red Pepper Dip. Chef Diane is an internationally-known cookbook author, food writer, culinary teacher and consultant. She has written 18 books on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
Roasting peppers is easy. I did it on my grill. Just let them get blackened on all sides.
It will take several minutes on each side.
Once they are blackened put them in a bowl and cover them tightly with foil or cling wrap. Let them sit in their steam for 5 – 10 minutes.
While the peppers are steaming, get together the ingredients to be combined in a small food processor. 6 oz. of feta, lemon, oregano, hot sauce and extra virgin olive oil.
The peppers need to cool and then peel off the blackened skin. It should come off easily.
Slice the peppers so you can lay them flat and remove the seeds.
Blend the feta, 1 red pepper, lemon, oregano, hot sauce and extra virgin olive oil until smooth. The dip is great with pita bread or pita chips. Let me know if you like it.
I also made a salad with the rest of the roasted peppers by slicing them in long strips and adding a minced large garlic clove, sliced large olives and extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!
I combined watermelon, feta cheese, red onion and mint leaves from my garden with a dressing of lemon juice and honey. It’s simple and delicious. Try it. You’ll be surprised how really good these combination of flavors are. Let me know if you do make this salad and how it turns out. I like feedback!