Open Faced Greek Burger

{summertime burger}

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This is my second Sunday in a row that I made a Greek-inspired dish.  I don’t know what it is, but Not So Doughie can’t get enough of all the fresh flavors.  Today, I made a Greek Quinoa Salad that I will be sharing in a few posts!

Last weekend we (not me) went camping at a nearby campground.  The boys stayed the night, but I headed home for a comfortable sleep in my own bed.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind camping and can do the whole sleeping on the ground thing, but the tent was small & it wasn’t in my cards for the night.  Anyways, we bought some ground beef to make some burgers over the campfire for Chase (I opted for grilled shrimp, Bryan, hot dogs).

We had some beef leftover so Sunday night Bryan and I had a make-your-own-burger night.  He concocted some Asian inspired spicy burger while I created this delicious and fresh Greek burger.  This is a great burger for summer.  It is light (go bunless or use just the bottom portion), refreshing, and quick to prepare.  Reduce the calories a bit more by using ground chicken or turkey.

Burgers and hot dogs are staples in my family’s summertime dinner rotation, but sometimes we have to switch up the flavors so we don’t get burned out.  Throughout the summer, I plan to create some healthier, globally-inspired burgers.  First up on the list, my Open Faced Greek Burgers.

Open Faced Greek Burgers

Recipe By:  Sara
Prep Time:  15 minutes   |||   Cook TIme:  7-10 minutes   |||   Servings: 4 |||   Difficult Level:  Low/Medium

Ingredients:
For the burgers:
1lb ground beef (or chicken/turkey)
4 tsp fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbsp red onion, minced
4-5 basil leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp Marrakesh Za’atar
salt & pepper
4 tomato slices
red onion, thinly sliced
feta cheese
4 burger buns, bottoms only

For the cucumbers:
1 cucumber, small diced
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 Tbsp white or rice vinegar
1 Tbsp dill, chopped
1 Tbsp red onion, minced
salt and pepper

Directions
1.  In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the burger.
2.  Use hands to thoroughly mix together.  Do not over handle.
3.  Heat grill to medium and once warmed place burger over direct heat.
4.  Cook for 3 minutes and then flip burger.
5.  Cook an additional 4 minutes for a medium rare.
6.  Top with feta cheese and cook an additional minute or two.
7.  In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cucumber salad.  Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
8.  Place a small but of cucumber on the bun.  Top with burger –> tomato –> cucumber –> red onion.

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Strawberry Tomato Basil Salad

{deconstructed tomato mozzarella}

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It baffles me knowing that when I was younger I hated cheese.  I really don’t understand people who don’t like it.  It is one of the items I would take with me on a deserted island (given the island is thriving with assorted fruits and veggies).  I blame a portion of a little excess weight gain solely on cheese.  The devil, I swear.  It tastes just so damn good.  The whole lot:  cheddar, blue, mozzarella, brie, parmesan – I love them all.

I always thought fresh mozzarella was one of the more gross looking cheeses.  Soft, white, jiggly pieces.  They often made an appearance throughout my life and I always avoided the creepy things.  Until one day, I decided at a family Christmas party I would give it a try (this was in the midst of my growing cheese obsession).  Needless to say, I think I ate the entire platter with sliced tomatoes – something I have always loved.

Remember when I did the love your lunch series?  I shared a quick lunch idea for a Tomato Mozzarella Flatbread.  I’m pretty sure I spilled my love for this amazing combination in that post.  It has only since grown as the weather warms and sometimes just a light little lunch or dinner is needed.  After eating a late lunch the other day, I wanted to come home and prepare something very simple, quick and light.  I was craving a Tomato Mozzarella salad, but didn’t have any mozzarella on hand.  I scrounged the fridge for what I had and set to work reconstructing a unique version of my beloved salad.

Enter the characters:  Sweet, plump strawberries.  Tart tomatoes.  Refreshing basil.  Creamy feta.

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I started by halving the strawberries and dicing the tomatoes.  I cut the basil into julienned ribbons and mixed the three together.  A simple balsamic honey dressing was drizzled over and topped with the feta cheese.  The sweet, salty, and tart flavors create a great combination.  This salad can be made to serve at a BBQ or as a simple lunch or side dish.

strawberry tomato basil Salad

Recipe By: Sara
Prep Time:  5 minutes   |||   Cook TIme:  0 minutes   |||   Servings: 2 |||   Difficult Level:  Low

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, halved
1 cup tomatoes, diced
6-7 large basil leaves, julienned *see photos*
1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper
dash of cayenne pepper

Directions:
1.  In a bowl, combine the strawberries, tomato and basil.  Stir to combine.
2.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil and honey.  Season with salt and peppers.
3.  Pour over strawberries and tomatoes, stir to combine.
4.  Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.

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