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Mediterranean Burgers

Kicking off A Spicy Perspective Burger Month with Mediterranean Burgers. These are homemade burgers you can really sink your teeth into!

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What comes to mind when you think of a burger?

For me, it’s a magnificent dripping tower of meat and carbs, buried under veggies, oozing cheese, and an onslaught of condiments.

What’s not to love about that?

We eat juicy homemade burgers piled high with toppings all summer long. So much in fact, that it’s a travesty so few burger recipes are represented here on A Spicy Perspective.

I’ve obviously dropped the ball the burger.

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So I’ve deemed June as Burger Month here on ASP.

Every Friday in the month of June, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite homemade burgers with you. Rich, savory, succulent burgers that are perfect for a mid-week meal or a weekend party. Some of them are even healthy!

Today’s mediterranean burger is on the lighter side. It was inspired by my recent shipment of goodies from Nature Box.

Nature Box Snacks

Have you heard of Nature Box?

It’s a company that delivers healthy snacks to your doorstep each month. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of making multiple trips to various stores, because my “regular” grocery store doesn’t sell snacks I want my kids munching on day after day.

Nature Box delivers snacks to you, that have:

  • No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
  • No Trans Fats
  • No Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • And Many are Vegan

These are snacks you can feel good about putting in a lunchbox, or even in your gym bag. Plus, every Nature Box snack we’ve tried has been fantastic!

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My last Nature Box shipment contained something called Garden Tomato Crunchies. These little almond halves are seasoned with a tangy tomato coating and are completely irresistible.

As I was munching them, I kept thinking how the crunchy little bits of tomatoe-y almond goodness would make a great addition to burgers!

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So I chopped them up and mixed them into lean ground beef with herbs and spices. Then I made a light sun dried tomato “aioli” by pureeing low fat mayo with sun dried tomatoes, lemon, and garlic. Last, I made a perky cucumber salad to top the burgers.

The mix of the nutty-herbaceous patties with the tomato aioli and cucumber salad is divine.

Since I used lean ground beef, light mayo, and no cheese, they are much healthier than standard burgers. If you skipped the bun, and sandwiched them between butter lettuce leaves, you’d really be toeing the line.

Thanks for the inspiration Nature Box. You helped make the kickoff of ASP Burger Month mouthwatering and healthy!

For more incredible homemade burgers check out my Burger Pinterest Board.

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Homemade Mediterranean Burgers

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Lean Homemade Mediterranean Burgers full of herbs and spices with a light sun dried tomato "aioli" and a perky cucumber salad.
Servings: 6 burgers

Ingredients

Cucumber Salad:

  • 1 small English cucumber peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and sliced thin (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sun Dried Tomato Aioli:

  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic small
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes

Mediterranean Burgers:

Instructions

For the Cucumber Salad:

  • In a medium bowl, mix the cucumbers, onions, vinegar and olive oil. Toss and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Homemade Mediterranean Burgers:

  • Preheat the grill (or a skillet) to medium heat. Chop the Garden Tomato Crunchies into small pieces. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the onion powder, garlic powder, herbs, Garden Tomato Crunchies, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Mix by hand until well combined. Then form into 6 even patties. Press tightly together.
  • Grill the patties for 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and allows the patties to rest under foil for at least 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the "aioli" in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, then salt and pepper to taste.
  • To serve, place each patty on a bun and top with cucumber salad and sun dried tomato aioli.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger, Calories: 603kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 539mg, Potassium: 1028mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 6.9%, Vitamin C: 10.4%, Calcium: 19.1%, Iron: 39.8%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Author: Sommer Collier

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nature Box. All opinions are my own.

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27 comments on “Mediterranean Burgers”

  1. These look so good. I love the cucumber topping especially.

  2. You just inspired me – keftedes sliders!

  3. That aioli looks killer!! Love these flavors.

  4. Oh so delicious, my husband would just love this burger!

  5. I would die to be your taste tester!

  6. I want to try those crunchies on my next burger, love it!!

  7. My two year old daughter just saw a picture of those burgers and declared, “I want to eat those tomorrow!”

  8. Love all the flavors in this Mediterranean burger Sommer – that aioli sounds fantastic!

  9. I have been craving burgers. How’d you know ; )

  10. So cool to have a burger with different textures in it! Looks wonderful!

  11. Must try these flavor filled burgers!

  12. This is definitely my kind of burger! And what a unique way to incorporate those crunchies!

  13. I could eat burgers everyday and I love this flavor twist on my favorite food!

  14. I love burger month and this burger looks amazing!

  15. delish! so flavorful!!

  16. sounds wonderful, but will have to figure out something to replace the Nature’s garden. Just can’t afford to keep buying extras like this.

  17. I am loving the Mediterranean theme that you have going on here, especially that aiolli! I will have to try making a veggie burger with this same theme.

  18. Wow! These look great. Waiting patiently for what comes next!

  19. These look fab, love the Mediterranean flavors!

  20. Can’t wait to see what other creative burger recipes you come up with. These look so good!

  21. These look so succulent!

  22. An unusual and awesome burger!!

  23. BURGER MONTH!!!!! Sounds like a dream – these look SO amazing! And I think it might just be a good way to get my husband to love Mediterranean flavors!

  24. WOW!! I want to sink my teeth into this burger!! It looks SO good!! i can’t wait for burger month :)

  25. I have got to try this burger. I love that you put those almonds in it. Sounds amazing!

  26. Burger month! How fun and I seriously have two perfect burgers that you would love! I will have to try and post them soon!

    This burger is calling my name! I love mediterranean flavors and putting them into a burger is awesome!

  27. Brilliant burger recipe for summer grilling, Sommer! Will definitely make this soon. Since I fancy feta cheese so much, I think I’d have to thrown some in there…somewhere. Perhaps crumbled into the Sun Dried Tomato Aioli? Yes. I think so. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing! xo