Summertime Burgers

Spend patio time outdoor grilling with your loved ones!
Take your burgers to the next level!  Try making them differently by substituting ground turkey or lamb, your burger patty’s cooked up juicy, mouthwatering, and flavorful! Tomato paste adds a touch of sweetness, cumin lends a hint of earthiness, and mint provides a freshness that works well with feta cheese sauce.

cook and prep time: 30 minutes


1 ½ lb. ground turkey or lamb

2 tsp. fresh mint leaves finely chopped

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 small white or yellow onion chopped

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (can substitute sour cream)

¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

1 clove minced fresh garlic (can substitute granulated garlic)

4 ea. Brioche buns, sesame seed buns or any bun of your choice

4 romaine lettuce leaves or butter lettuce (washed)

4 large slices of fresh tomato

½ English or Persian cucumber sliced


1. Combine ground meat, mint, tomato paste, onion, cumin, salt & pepper in a bowl, mix well.

2. Shape ground beef mixture into patties of equal size about 1/3 inch thick.

3. Make a shallow indentation about 1” inch wide in the center of each patty. This will help burgers cook evenly and prevent from puffing up.

4. Turn on Barbecue over medium heat for about 10minutes. When it’s hot, add patty’s and cook to medium (160’) about 12 to 14 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, combine yogurt (sour cream) feta cheese, garlic, salt & pepper in a bowl, mashing or mixing until mixture is smooth (sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead and chilled).

6. Set the bottom half of each bun on a serving plate and top with lettuce leaf, tomato slice, cucumber slices and a cook meat patty. Spoon on feta sauce then finish with bun tops in place.

Enjoy with a side of your favorite salad, potato chips or french fries!

Chef’s Tip:

To make it with a spicy kick, add 1 minced chipotle, jalapeno or serrano pepper into feta sauce (or even your favorite spicy hot sauce)!