December 5, 2012

Greek Chicken Burgers

Last night for dinner I decided to try something completely new and different – Greek Chicken Burgers!  I had seen this recipe last weekend while watching the Cooking Channel’s Under 500 (calories) show and thought the recipe looked quick and easy – so I decided to give it a go!  This was my first time also attempting ‘Greek’ food and while I know it was far from authentic, the flavors were definitely there! 
Greek Chicken Burgers
(Makes 4 servings – we had two and saved the rest of lunch the next day!)
Four 6-inch pita pockets
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg
6 ounces low-fat plain yogurt
4 cups romaine lettuce
1 tomato, sliced (optional – I opted for ‘no’)
Cut off a third of each pita and set the largee portion aside.  Grate the tops of the pita in a food processor to create breadcrumbs (you’ll need ½ cup).  In a large mixing bowl combine the ground chicken, bread crumbs, feta cheese, ¼ cup mint, salt pepper and the egg – mix until just combined.  Form the burgers into 8 small patties.  Heat a griddle or large skillet to medium heat and cook burgers.  While burgers are cooking combine the remaining mint and 6 oz of plain yogurt to form the sauce and chop the lettuce.  Once the burgers are cooked and the sauce is made assemble the pitas!  Fill the bottom of the pita with lettuce, add two burgers, top with yogurt sauce (if you’re like me – add more feta cheese) and a little more lettuce.  Serve and enjoy!
Volia!  Dinner until 500 calories – I think it came out to be around 430.  I added some tater tots as a side as well.  The burgers were great!  Really flavorful and definitely different from the ordinary dinner grind! 
Here are some pictures from my (still) craptastic phone!
Greek chicken burgers!
Ground chicken, fresh mint, feta cheese and homemade breadcrumbs!
Burgers cooking!
Dinner! Greek chicken burgers in a pita filled with lettuce, yogurt sauce and a side of tater tots!
How the final product looked on the Cooking Channel's website!
Mine is not as pretty - but equally delicious I am sure!
Now go get your Greek on!

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