Saturday, June 16, 2012

Greek Burgers for #FathersDay #SundaySupper



This week for #SundaySupper we are all making things that were/are our Father's favorite. My Father passed away last November so when Isabel first announced the theme I was a bit apprehensive about how it might make me feel. I knew I was dreading the approaching Father's Day since it will be the first one without him so I thought focusing any more attention on it would make the day much harder for me. But you know what? It actually made me happy. Instead of thinking about how much I miss him, I was thinking about the things he loved to eat, and boyyyy did he like burgers!! Wait, did I say like? I meant LOVE. They really were his favorite thing to eat. You could keep your filet or rib eye, no lobster for him, just make him a good ol' juicy burger and he was a happy happy man!!


My Dad was my biggest supporter in everything thing I do, especially my food blog. When I told him it was what I wanted to do he was first in line to say "You can do it!". He really was a special man. I used to love him coming downstairs when I was cooking dinner and asking, "What experiment are we having tonight?". That was what spurred me on to make different types of burgers. I wanted to give my Dad different versions of his favorite food.

When we moved from Southern California to Western Washington there was a lot of foods I missed. Mexican of course, but I couldn't find a good gyros anywhere near me! I used to have gyros at least a couple of times a month when I lived in California but had never experimented with the flavors at home because, well I could get it whenever I wanted and was actually a bit nervous (for some reason) to try to create those flavors at home. Well all of that fear went out the window when I moved and there were no gyros to be found anywhere.

Into the kitchen I went and 6 years later this is what came out. Now there is a great Greek place in town, but I think it might be nicer to stay home with the family, a burger, and a great glass of wine!



This one was for you Dad, I love you!!!


Greek Burgers

1 pound ground lamb
5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (preferably Mediterranean)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1/4 (a generous handful) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
4 ounces crumbled feta
Salt and pepper to taste
Sliced vine ripe tomato
Toasted burger buns (this can be made as 2 BIG burgers or 4 smaller ones)

First of f get your Tzatziki Sauce made an in the fridge to sit for a couple of hours. 

Heat the olive oil to a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Grab a medium bowl and add the lamb, all of the seasonings, cooled onions and garlic, spinach, parsley, feta cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix just until combined and form into 2 large or 4 small patties. Heat the grill to medium-high and place the burgers on the grill. Cook the burgers, flipping once, about 10 minutes for medium rare, or until desired doneness.

Top your burgers with sliced tomato and slather the top bun with Tzatziki Sauce.

ENJOY!!!


Here are all of the other wonderful #Sunday Supper tributes to Dad's. Happy Father's Day everyone!!


Father’s Day Brunch:
Dad’s Favorite Soup, Salads and Bread:
Father’s Day Favorite Main Dishes:
Wine Pairings for Father’s Day ENOFYLZ
Foodie Friends Friday

41 comments:

  1. Great post. I'm so glad you still decided to join us for #SundaySupper this week. This burger looks AH-MAZING! I'm sure I would love it too!

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    1. Thank you!! I was so happy with the way it came out. I love gyros and it tasted just like it!!

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  2. Wow! What a burger. I love Greek food and I will have to try this one.

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    1. Thanks so much!! Let me know if you try it :)

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  3. The carnivores in my house would simply love this #SundaySupper burger! Hubby is on a feta kick right now too!!

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    1. Ohhh I don't blame him I love feta too!!

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  4. What an emotional post for you, and such a great burger! I love lamb and this really sounds perfect with the feta and mint!

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  5. That looks like a great burger! I will have to try it soon!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you do try it!!

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  6. Wowza that burger looks crazy good! I'm sorry about your recent loss. I'm sure your Dad would have loved these. Glad to have you at #SundaySupper!

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    1. Thanks so much Pam. I know he was over my shoulder the whole time I was making them :) I call him my kitchen angel

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  7. Wow, these burgers look so so good!Sorry about your loss, but glad that making these made you happy :)A must try for sure!!

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    1. Thanks so much Soni. I really enjoyed making them :)

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  8. Sounds delicious! I love a good Greek burger. And I've got a Greek week theme coming up in a few weeks; these will be perfect!

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    1. Awesome Tora! I hope you enjoy :)

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  9. I'm glad that this post brought back good memories for you. I am a huge fan of Greek food and can't wait to try these burgers.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I hope you enjoy them!!

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  10. What a great hommage! I lost both my step dad and my mom within two years so both holidays are a little hard. I have to agree that focusing on the fun and food was better!

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    1. Thanks Kris, yes it makes things so much better!!

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  11. Hi Bobbi,

    That's one gorgeous looking burger. Your narrative about your Dad is so heartwarming. I enjoyed reading it very much.

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    1. Oh Alaiya thank you very much I am so glad you enjoyed it!!

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  12. I am so sorry... I can imagine how hard it must be to lose your dad. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us. I am so glad you are part of the #sundaysupper group!

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    1. Thank you Isabel I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful group!!

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  13. OMG...this looks so good! I must try it!

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    1. I hope you do I really think you will love them!

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    1. Let me know what you think when you do :)

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  15. Oh yummy! Lamb burgers have been on my must make list. I think I will be giving your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome Lane I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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  16. Awe Bobbi, I am so sorry about your dad. I lost mine five years ago. Feels like yesterday most days. Great photo of the two of you and a great recipe to go with it.

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    1. Thanks so much Kim. It will always be rough, he was such an awesome Dad but I know he is with me all of the time now and probably laughing at me when I have my kitchen mishaps :)

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  17. Yumm ! Love lamb and these burgers are super yumm ! Will me making these. Pics are lovely too. Thanks for sharing !

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    1. Thank you Sunithi! I do love these burgers and I am trying to get better at my photography so I am glad this one came out good.

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  18. Seriously the sexiest hamburger I have ever seen!

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    1. Thanks I was just telling my boyfriend to come look at the picture again and said "We sooooo need to make these again!" They are as tasty as they look :)

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  19. Yummo! Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday, Bobbi. Cheers

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  20. Bobbi, it would be great if you also added this to the big BBQ over at carole's chatter. Cheers

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  21. Thanks for bringing it over to the BBQ - that's quite some burger! Cheers

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