Burgers With Creamy Feta Sauce and Tomato-Cucumber Relish Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Big burgers with a creamy yogurt-feta sauce flavored with garlic and lemon, topped with a crunchy cucumber-tomato relish.

Recipe Details

Burgers With Creamy Feta Sauce and Tomato-Cucumber Relish Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 30 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1 small cucumber, seeded and cut into fine dice (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 large ripe tomato, seeded and cut into fine dice (about 1 cup)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 20 ounces freshly ground beef, divided into four 5-ounce patties

  • Sliced white or sweet onion (such as Vidalia)

  • 4 toasted hamburger buns


  1. Combine cucumber and tomato in a colander or fine mesh strainer set in the sink or a bowl. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to combine. Let drain at least 15 minutes. Discard liquid and transfer to a small bowl. Toss with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and season with pepper. Set aside.

  2. While tomatoes drain, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, feta, garlic, remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Season to taste with salt.

  3. When ready to serve, season burger patties generously with salt and pepper and cook burgers to desired doneness on a hot grill or in a skillet on the stovetop, 125°F for medium rare or 135°F for medium.

  4. Place onion slices on bottom bun. Top with burger patty. Top with sauce and cucumber/tomato relish. Close burgers and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
600 Calories
35g Fat
30g Carbs
40g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 600
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 995mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 253mg 19%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 712mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)