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Biftekia Yemista: Stuffed Burgers with Feta & Herbs

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Greek Stuffed Burgers with Feta and Herbs

Stuffed burgers with feta and herbs

Photo © Jim Stanfield

In Greek: μπιφτέκια γεμιστά, pronounced beef-TEK-yah yeh-mee-STAH

Bifteki is the Greek word for "burger."

More complex than a plain burger but not quite a mini-meatloaf, this recipe for feta stuffed burgers calls for grilling but they can be broiled or cooked on the stovetop as well.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of dried Greek oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of dried breadcrumbs
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  • Stuffing:
  • 1/2 pound of feta cheese, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of spring onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ---------
  • To serve:
  • 1 cup of strained yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, paprika, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Work together by hand until well blended. Form into 12 thin patties.

In a bowl, combine the feta and one third of the parsley, spring onions, and garlic, and stir until well blended.

Mix the remaining herbs and teaspoon of olive oil with the yogurt, cover, and refrigerate.

Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture in the middle of 6 of the meat patties (using it all). Place the remaining 6 patties on top, pinching around the edges to seal well.

Grill the burgers over medium coals for 6-10 minutes per side and serve with the herb yogurt.

Yield: 6 burgers

Alternative cooking method: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan or skillet and cook the burgers over medium heat for 6-10 minutes, testing for doneness.

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