Lean ground bison gets added moisture from feta cheese and spinach in this Greek-style burger. A quick sauce made with yogurt and fresh herbs is the perfect condiment (that also can stand on its own as a delicious dip for vegetables or pita chips).
Greek Bison Burgers with Yogurt Sauce
From the March-April issue of EatingWell magazine
1 pound ground bison
1/2 cup cooked chopped spinach, squeezed dry
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3/4 cup nonfat or low-fat Greek-style plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
4 French rolls or four 4-inch pieces of baguette, split and toasted
16 thin slices English cucumber
8 slices tomato
4 thin slices red onion
Heat a grill to medium-high.
In a large bowl, gently combine the bison, spinach, feta, 2 teaspoons of the dill, oregano, cumin, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Be careful not to overmix. Form into 4 oval-shaped patties roughly the size of the rolls. Set aside.
To prepare the yogurt sauce, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, remaining teaspoon of dill and the mint. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Oil the grill rack using an oil-soaked folded paper towel held with tongs. Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer inserted at the center registers 155 degrees, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.
Assemble the burgers on rolls with the yogurt sauce, cucumber, tomato and onion.
Yield: 4 servings
Approximate nutrition per serving : 392 calories, 16 grams fat (6 grams saturated), 35 grams protein, 30 grams carbohydrate, 68 milligrams cholesterol, 6 grams dietary fiber, 671 milligrams sodium.
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