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Kofta Burger with Fried Feta and Herbed Tzatziki

Servings 6 burgers


For Herbed Tzatziki:

  • ½ cup finely diced cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided
  • 1 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

For Kofta Patties:

  • 2 pounds ground bison or ground chuck beef or ground pork
  • ½ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

For Fried Feta:

  • 1 pound block feta cheese drained
  • 1/3 cup kumquat's gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • Canola oil
  • 6 gluten-free hamburger buns split and toasted
  • 6 slices red onion
  • 6 slices ripe heirloom tomato


  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

To make Herbed Tzatziki:

  • Combine cucumber and ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; allow to sit for 10 minutes. Drain cucumbers and squeeze dry with a paper towel; return cucumber to bowl and set aside.
  • Combine yogurt, sour cream, red onion, lemon juice, dill, mint, garlic powder, pepper, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir in cucumber. Cover and chill.

To make Kofta Patties:

  • Combine ground meat, Italian parsley, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Gently combined until mixed through. Divide mixture into 6 parts and form into patties. Place patties on preheated grill and cook 4-5 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Set aside and keep warm.

To make Fried Feta:

  • Cut block of feta lengthwise into 6 slices.
  • Place flour in a shallow plate or dish.
  • Place beaten eggs into a shallow plate or dish.
  • Pour oil into a small skillet to the depth of 1-inch. Heat oil until a small pinch of flour begins to fry.
  • Dredge a slice of feta in flour, then egg, then flour again. Carefully add dredged feta to hot oil and fry on each side until golden brown. Drain on a rack or paper towels. Repeat with remaining slices of feta.

To build burgers:

  • Place a warm Kofta Patty on toasted bottom bun. Top with freshly fried Fried Feta. Top with slice heirloom tomato and red onion. Spoon a large dollop of Herbed Tzatziki on red onion, top with top of bun, and serve. Enjoy!