Grilled Athenian Burger

Grilled Athenian Burger
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When is a burger not just a burger? You’ll soon find out after trying this version. You may substitute 50% lamb for beef in this recipe as well. I sometimes spike this recipe with crushed red chili flakes or a minced Serrano chili because I’m a spicy food freak.

Note—The Nutrition Facts information for this recipe is for the burger patty and suggested toppings only.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    13 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 burger
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 burger
  • Amount per serving Calories 160

  • Total Fat 6g
    • Saturated Fat 2.7g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 70mg
  • Sodium 70mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g
    • Dietary Fiber 0g
    • Total Sugars 1g
  • Protein 24g
  • Potassium 390mg
  • Phosphorus 225mg

Choices/Exchanges: 4 Lean meat



  • ground beef (95% lean)
    1 lbs
  • Greek yogurt (fat-free)
    4 tbsp
  • garlic (minced)
    1 clove
  • fresh leaf oregano
    1 tsp
  • fresh leaf parsley (chopped)
    2 tbsp
  • lemon zest (lemon peel, grated)
    1/2 tsp
  • black pepper
    1/4 tsp


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.

  2. Divide mixture into 4 equal parts and form 4 burgers. Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready for grilling.

  3. Spray grill or stove-top grill pan with high- heat olive or canola oil spray. Heat grill to high temperature (450–500°F).

  4. Grill burgers for approximately 6–8 minutes. Turn and repeat process for an additional 4–5 minutes. Check for doneness with a thermometer. Internal temperature should be about 160°F as they will continue to cook for a few minutes.

  5. Top with fresh romaine leaves, sliced tomatoes, and red onion on a whole-grain bun or wrapped in a pita.

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    Burger was good but I added cucumber because the sauce goes good with it. It taste like a Mediterranean style burger. I added garlic and onion powder to the meat and put a little seasoning salt on the burger while it was cooking. In addition I made some zucchini fries as a side dish