I Like Big Burgers & I Cannot Lie: Part One

Jordan and I are BIG burger people! This past year we’ve really sharpened our cooking skills, most specifically burgers! We’ve scoured the internet, and by the internet, I mean Pinterest, for different recipes & I’ll be breaking down our favorites for you in a three-part series. I should warn you though, if you’re trying to eat healthily, you should probably just stop reading now. None of these recipes have helped me get closer to fitting into my too tight jeans.

#1 Spinach Feta Greek Burgers

This list would NOT be complete with some type of Greek rendition of a burger (I’m Greek for those of you who don’t me on a personal level). This burger is by far my favorite on our top 3 list, which is why I made it number one! It contains ALL of the flavors I love & it doesn’t hurt that I douse this with tzatziki sauce. But can you really go wrong with a recipe that requires feta cheese? The answer is no. Straight up, NO.

The original recipe we found can be found here, however, our first go around we tried it with ground turkey. The patties didn’t hold together super great, so we switched back to a super lean ground beef. I also cut back a little on the spinach, even though I could always use more greens.

Frost Rendition

Patties:
• 1 pound ground beef
• 2-4 ounces fresh chopped baby spinach leaves
• Generous amount of crumbled feta cheese
• 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings:
• Tzatziki sauce or this heaven on earth from Target

First things first, this recipe is like FOOL proof – so so easy! If you mess it up…well maybe you should just hit up Burger King. Kidding…don’t go to BK, Wendy has better burgers. Or Sonic – Sonic is good too! But that’s TOTALLY beside the point.

STEP ONE – Gather your ingredients for the patties, dump everything into a mixing bowl & get those hands dirty.

STEP TWO – Divide mixture into four even chunks & make dem patties! Disclaimer: I probably could have made 5 decent size burgers with this recipe, however, the burgers do shrink a bit when you cook them. My husband also complains if the burgers are too small, so alas, I made 4 patties. 

STEP THREE – Funny story, I didn’t really know this was a step, as I skipped over this part in the instructions every time I’ve made these burgers EXCEPT this time! And I think this might be the secret sauce. Cover the patties & put them in the fridge for an hour. I don’t think I made it the full hour, but if I were a betting woman, I would say they were in there for a good 45 minutes. I got impatient & called it good.

While the patties were chilling, I got a wild hair & decided to throw together a side dish! Here’s the best part…I did it WITHOUT a recipe! If you know me, you know I can’t just wing it in the kitchen! But I was feeling pretty crazy so I cut up some small red potatoes, threw on some extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder & garlic parmesan cheese & stuck those suckers in the oven.

Again, since I was not following a script, I’ve already forgotten how warm I preheated the oven & how long these took to cook. But, for the sake of this article, let’s go with 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. I checked on them periodically to make sure they were a nice golden brown before pulling them out of the oven & popping a scalding hot one into my mouth. I’d say, I did a pretty bang up job!

STEP FOUR – Once I took the patties out of the oven, I threw them in a skillet on our stove. I repeat. I threw them in a skillet on our stove. I did not grill them for a couple of reasons. 1) It was freaking cold out the day I made these. 2) I’ve never used the grill unsupervised…or supervised for that matter. Good news – they turned out great!

STEP FIVE – Assemble! I toasted some sesame seed buns, threw on a few more spinach leaves because you know…veggies & dropped a generous dollop of the feta cucumber concoction on top.

STEP SIX – Feed your face!

I am feeling awfully hopeful about our future cooking adventures just based off the risks we’ve taken this past year. Not only do we get to gobble up some freaking tasty food, but we’ve really come to enjoy trying out new recipes & cooking together!

If you have a burger recipe you think we should try, drop a note in the comments below! I’m always up for trying something once. Except for sardines…those I refuse to try. Or caviar, won’t touch that stuff either. Don’t even get me started on mushrooms either….gag! Okay, so apparently there are a few things I won’t eat, but I’d still love to hear your favorite burger recipes!

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