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Welcome! My name is Anne, aka ThePharmGirl. In 2010, I successfully made 100 recipes as a New Year's Resolution to expand my culinary repertoire and cooking skills beyond the frozen microwave dinner. This blog is a continuation of my culinary journey and serves as my personal virtual recipe box. Sometimes I like to have fun-- Check out my Muppet Mania Menu, The 12 Days of Christmas, and my Musical-themed recipes.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Zeus Burgers (2012- Week 26)


Week 26 Ingredient of the Week: Pine Nuts

With the summer season winding down, we wanted to get good use of our grill before the snow starts flying.  I found this Greek-inspired recipe in the Taste of Home Grill It! magazine.  As a bonus, the recipe includes pine nuts which I've never cooked with before, so it's this week's featured ingredient. We couldn't really taste the nuts or feta much, but we did get that spinach flavor from the burger.  Grilling kept the burger juicy and the sauce complemented the burger well.

Zeus Burgers

Ingredients:
1 pound ~90% lean ground beef
1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon pine nuts, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepepr
4-6 hamburger buns, split
Sauce:
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:
To make sauce, in a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate until serving.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cheese, lemon juice, pine nuts, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.  Shape into four to six patties.  (I made six smaller burgers and put them on small kaiser rolls)

Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side until done.   Toast buns on grill for a minute to lightly brown and serve burgers on buns with reserved sauce.