Yumm! I didn't have mint on hand and used ground turkey instead of beef. The sauce is very yummy and I will definitely make these again!
Beef, Mint, and Pepperoncini Burgers with Lemon-Feta Sauce
This large, heaping burger might best be eaten with a knife and fork. The heat, tang, and crunch of pepperoncini peppers are welcome additions to the herb-filled burger. Look for jars of the peppers in the grocery store's pickle aisle. The creamy sauce tames the heat of the pepper.
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- Calories: 378
- Calories from fat: 28%
- Fat: 11.9g
- Saturated fat: 4.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
- Protein: 27.9g
- Carbohydrate: 39.8g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Cholesterol: 62mg
- Iron: 4.2mg
- Sodium: 647mg
- Calcium: 122mg
- 1 1/2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
- 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded pickled pepperoncini peppers
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 pound ground round
- Cooking spray
- 5 (2-ounce) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns
- To prepare relish, combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon mint, and 1 tablespoon juice; cover and chill until ready to serve.
- To prepare sauce, place feta cheese and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor, and process 2 minutes or until smooth, scraping sides. Cover and chill.
- Prepare grill or broiler.
- To prepare burgers, combine 1/2 cup mint and next 6 ingredients (through beef). Divide mixture into 5 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Place patties on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each bun; top with 1/4 cup relish. Drizzle each serving with about 2 tablespoons sauce; top with top halves of buns. Serve immediately.
- Wine note: The sauce of lemon, feta cheese, and yogurt on this tasty burger adds a salty, tangy flavor that can make many red wines taste flat and dull. So opt for a fresh, clean, dry white wine instead (whoever said white wines don't go with red meat?). My favorite choice: a snappy pinot grigio, served well chilled. The 2003 Zenato Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy, is an affordable choice at about $10. -Karen MacNeil
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