The weather around here has been beautiful. The birds are out, the sun is shining, and one of my favorite places to be in the summer is at my soon-to-be-in-law’s farm. I love the animals, the land, and just the feeling I get being there. The smell of fresh-cut grass and hay fill your senses and a sense of calm runs over you. I love the farm. I dream of a similar future.
My mother-in-law-to-be uses her animals for petting zoos, pony rides, and education lectures..etc. My dream is to raise chickens, turkeys, pigs and beef cows to feed my family and plant a large vegetable and herb garden. Some day.
We were invited for dinner, but I quickly decided I would bring dinner to them! I had been wanting to make chicken burgers for a while, and considering they have a grill, I knew that was what I wanted to make. But what kind? The possibilities were endless. I am not sure where the Mediterranean idea came from, but I am sure glad that’s what I chose!
They were moist and delicious! I made a dill tzatziki as a topping that was absolutely wonderful. The tangy yogurt and lemon juice paired perfectly with the creamy feta and lean chicken.
Chicken Feta Burger
- 1 # ground chicken
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 T diced red onion
- 1/2 C feta cheese (some juice okay)
Mix all ingredients together gently until just combined. Score meat to get 4 approximately 1/4# burgers.
Traditionally tzatziki does not include dill,but I love dill and feta cheese together, so I added it to mine. You certainly could leave it out of yours and still have a tasty topping for your burgers!
- 1- 5 oz container fat free Greek yogurt (plain)
- 1/4 C light sour cream
- 1 T lemon juice
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 T fresh dill
- 1/2 C julienne cucumber
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients until combined. Use as much or as little on your burgers as you’d like. I found this recipe to yield the perfect amount for 4 burgers.
Grill your burgers until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. I used wheat kaiser rolls from the store for these, but you could use any roll/bun/bread you’d like.
I sprinkled some more feta and diced cherry tomatoes on our burgers and topped them with a small amount of mixed field greens.
We had our burgers with roasted asparagus, but a nice Greek salad or any grilled or roasted veggies would be a great accompaniment to this summer-time treat!
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