Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli

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Spinach And Feta Burgers

 
Tired of the same ol’ burger?  I have the solution: spinach and feta burgers with garlic aioli.
 
Spinach and Feta Burgers

Get ready for a mouthful of flavor.

Spinach And Feta BurgersAt 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 like to add a thick slice of fresh tomato, a few baby spinach leaves, extra feta crumbles (of course!) and a garlic aioli.  For buns, the fresher the better.  When I am able to, I like to use my homemade egg bread buns.  Or, when I’m trying to eat healthier, I’ll use a whole wheat bun.

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If you aren’t familiar with an aioli, just think of a mayonnaise.  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.  They are also very easy to make.

If you’re not interested in going to the trouble of making the homemade 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

When flipping the spinach and feta burgers, take care to flip swiftly and smoothly because the feta and spinach make them a little bit easier to fall apart.  But, trust me, you’ll be eating the crumbles even if it breaks apart. :)

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Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli
 
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The combination of feta, spinach and ground beef go very well together in these Spinach and Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli. The feta adds a bold creaminess that is super tasty.
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Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 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
  • 6 buns
  • Optional toppings: sliced tomato, crumbled feta, baby spinach leaves
  • For the aioli:
  • 1½ tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups olive oil
  • 1-1½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Either pre-heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat or set an outdoor grill to medium heat.
  2. Mix together the ground sirloin, egg, garlic, feta, spinach and seasonings in a large bowl until well combined.
  3. Form mixture into 6 patties.
  4. Cook on grill (or skillet) until no longer pink in the center, 10-15 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Again, if you'd like an easier method, just add 1 clove minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon lemon juice and some freshly ground black pepper to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.

Comments

  1. Chelsea says

    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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. Tammi says

    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..

  4. Toni says

    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!!!

  5. Marissa says

    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 :)

    • says

      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!

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