Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli

Recipe and image for Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli by Lacey Stevens-Baier, Sweet Pea Chef

Tired of the same ol’ burger?  I have the solution: spinach and feta burgers with garlic aioli.  Dustin and I had these the other night and we loved them.

Recipe and image for Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli by Lacey Stevens-Baier, Sweet Pea Chef
Recipe and image for Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli by Lacey Stevens-Baier, Sweet Pea Chef

Recipe and image for Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli by Lacey Stevens-Baier, Sweet Pea Chef

At first, I was a little iffy with the idea of adding feta to a burger.  However, the bold creaminess of the feta complemented the spinach and ground beef very well.  To the burgers, I added a thick slice of organic tomato, a couple baby spinach leaves, extra feta crumbles and a garlic aioli and put it all on freshly baked homemade egg bread buns.  Yum!

Recipe and image for Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli by Lacey Stevens-Baier, Sweet Pea Chef

If you aren’t familiar with aiolis, just think of a mayonnaise-like sauce.  The addition of the zesty garlic aioli gives a nice kick to these burgers.  Overall, the burgers have a Greek or Mediterranean feel to them and are a great way to change up an ordinary burger.

If you’re not interested in going to the trouble of making the aioli, you can just add 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and some freshly ground black pepper to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.

Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli

makes 6 burgers

For the patties:

1 lb. ground 90/10 sirloin
1 egg, beaten
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. crumbled feta (I used garlic and herb)
2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
1 tsp. kosher salt
Optional toppings: sliced tomato, crumbled feta, baby spinach leaves

Directions

Either pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat or set an outdoor grill to medium heat.  Mix together the ground sirloin, egg, garlic, feta, spinach and seasonings in a large bowl until well combined.  Form mixture into 6 patties.   Cook on grill (or skillet) until no longer pink in the center, 10-15 minutes.

For the aioli:

1 1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1-1 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, to taste
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a blender or a food processor, puree garlic with egg.  With the food processor or blender running, add the olive oil at a very slow, steady and thin stream.  You should see the mixture start to emulsify.  Add lemon juice to loosen mixture.  Once the mixture has emulsified, add kosher salt and pepper and combine for another 10 seconds.  Taste for seasoning.  Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Again, if you’d like an easier method, just add 1 clove minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice and some freshly ground black pepper to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.

 

Enjoy!

 

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13 comments… add one

  1. liz July 21, 2010, 4:00 am

    Ooh, these do sound like a good change of pace from a regular old burger. Bookmarking for my next BBQ!

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    1. Sweet Pea Chef July 21, 2010, 8:44 am

      Hey Liz! Yes, definitely a great change of pace. I’d love to hear how it goes at your next BBQ. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply
  2. Much to My Delight July 24, 2010, 7:30 am

    I’m not a big burger person, but those sound fantastic! I’d like to give them a try.

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    1. Sweet Pea Chef July 24, 2010, 8:25 am

      After eating them, it really didn’t even feel like we had “burgers”, so that sounds like they’d be perfect for you. Feel free to come back and share if you make them!

      Reply
    1. Sweet Pea Chef August 9, 2010, 5:02 pm

      Thanks, Sophia! I’ve never heard of that contest before, but sounds like fun. I’m gonna check it out. Thanks again!

      Reply
  3. Anna Claire August 31, 2011, 12:02 pm

    yum! i made these last night…they were a hit :)

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  4. Marissa February 20, 2012, 4:13 pm

    I make these all the time, such a great recipe. My boyfriend is greek and loves feta, and absolutely loves these burgers. They were also a great hit with his mom :)

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  5. Toni March 27, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Oh my gosh! My friend and I made these last night except with ground turkey to make it a bit healthier and they were aaaahhhhmazing!!!

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  6. Tammi April 14, 2012, 9:47 am

    Loved these so much… you inspired me so I turned them into sliders and even made mushroom and Swiss ones… thanks for sharing… garlic ailoi was delicious I just want to put it on everything lol..

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  7. Ken May 21, 2012, 7:12 pm

    Hello Lacey,

    Thanks for the recipe Lacey, this is the second time I’ve made this burger, I left the egg out the first time and the burgers were great, I used a egg the second time, I thought the egg held the meat together better and the burger was a little more moist than without the egg.

    My burgers were great, unless my family revolts, it will be awhile before I make and eat a plain old cheese burger.

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  8. Chelsea May 28, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I made these today for lunch and they were to die for! So juicy and the aioli was perfect, I plan on putting that sauce on everything! Also made a side of garlic cous-cous and the foods complimented each other well. Thank you for such an amazing recipe!

    Reply

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