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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Greek Chicken Burgers So Good, Even Toddlers Eat Them!

If you have a picky eater in your family, try these Greek chicken burgers that pack a protein punch and hide veggies!


I talked on Facebook a few weeks ago how before I had kids, I thought parents were responsible for the pickiness of their toddler's eating habits. And how, despite my best efforts, I have a picky eater toddler. Hey karma, nice to meet you. Henry is a healthy eater, but nearly a strict vegetarian and if something even looks like meat (I've tried to get him to eat "chik'n nuggets" and that's a firm nope on his end) he won't touch it. Enter the Greek Chicken Burgers I tried several months ago, and have made on repeat since: My picky toddler will eat them (I think because they're loaded with veggies) and my non-vegetable-loving husband requests them weekly. Winning! These burgers are good, y'all.



Greek Chicken Burger
- 1lbs ground chicken breast (much better if you get thigh meat)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced into small pieces
- 1/2 red onion; 1/4 diced into small pieces, 1/4 left as rings
- 1 egg
- 1/2 to 3/4 C bread crumbs. Start with a half a cup but be ready to add more to get a texture that will hold a burger shape
- 2T chopped fresh mint
- 2T chopped fresh parsley
- Thinly sliced cucumbers
- 3/4 C apple cider vinegar
- 1T dried dill
- juice of half a lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4T olive oil
- 4T feta cheese

Yogurt Sauce
- 1C whole milk plain Greek yogurt (don't even bother with skim/fat free yogurt. You know dairy fat doesn't kill you right? But the chemicals they put in the nonfat dairy to preserve it and dye it might.)
- juice of half a lemon
- 4T chopped fresh mint
- 4T chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste



Place the ground chicken and egg into a large mixing bowl and set aside on the counter to bring it to room temp. Saute the bell pepper and onion in a medium sized skillet and a small amount of olive oil; allow to cool before adding it to the ground meat. Add the fresh herbs (minus the dill) and breadcrumbs to the meat and veggies, add salt and pepper. Mix together enough to incorporate the breadcrumbs and distribute the egg throughout. Do NOT over-mix! Form burger patties.

Quick pickled red onions
 Meanwhile, put the apple cider vinegar in a bowl with the dill. Put the onion rings in the mixture and set aside for a "quick pickle." Start your yogurt sauce by combining all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing well. Place back in the fridge to allow it to set and the flavors to combine.

Yogurt sauce
 Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the burgers. I like to use the same pan I sauteed the veggies in, because heyyyyyy reduced dishes! Cook on medium high heat, about 4-5 mins per side. After finishing the second side, add 1T of feta cheese on the top of each burger.

Place yogurt sauce on both sides of bun (go big or go home, right?!) and add the pickled onion and cucumbers. Squeeze lemon juice over the burgers before placing on the bun.



My toddler loves the yogurt sauce and totally eats these delicious Greek Chicken Burgers. We make them every other week at our house. Enjoy!


22 comments:

  1. Those look absolutely delicious and something I could get behind. A really good Summer healthy burger. Sending this to Mark!

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  2. They look delicious. My son is such a fussy eater. Going to give these a go. Adding to Pinterest for later. Thanks

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  3. You had me at the word "toddler." I have a one-year-old and I'm always looking for inspiration on what to feed him. Thanks for the recipe - can't wait to try it out!

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  4. This is a really creative take on the usual burger. It looks so good!

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  5. My mouth is watering reading this! I need to try this ASAP!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  6. These look awesome! I've never had a chicken burger, but I may need to make these!

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  7. This looks so tasty! I was such a picky child when I was young. I would pretty much only eat hot dogs and green peppers until I was about 5. Which is funny because now I love ALL foods. I'd definitely love this recipe. I'm always looking for new ways to spice up burgers.

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  8. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing. I love finding different ways to make a burger and I'm with your son, any kind of greek yogurt sauce is good in my book :) I'm pinning this for later!

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  9. Looks so good. Love a good burger.

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  10. Oh my goodness these DO look good!!! And if a toddler will eat them, I'm sooooo making! Dinnertime struggles can be so frustrating. Great recipe!

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  11. Well done :) Juicy, tasty, hearty! I love it!

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  12. These look amazing!! I'm so sick of spending my time cooking when it turns out that my kids don't like what I make them. Pinning this for later.

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  13. Yep, this looks good. I've never tried a Greek yogurt sauce on a burger but it sounds awesome. I may try these on A to see if she'll eat peppers.

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  14. oh I love the idea of greek yoghurt on a burger! This literally looks like something right up my alley.

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  15. Oh, these look absolutely delicious! We all have picky eaters. I figure if they are eating their fruit and veggies and growing then you're doing your job. Good luck! I will be trying these burgers soon!

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  16. These look so good! I'll 100% be trying this recipe out!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  17. I am ALWAYS trying to incorporate a variety of foods in our household and this looks like winner! yes!!

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  18. I'm going to give these a try! I would love to have more variety in our BBQ's

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  19. These look AWESOME! I love Greek inspired cooking and we're planning on purchasing a new grill in the next few weeks, so I plan on being a grilling machine, and these are perfect

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  20. YUM. These sound delicious and they don't look hard to make. I'll admit when I saw the photo I was thinking, "God... this is going to be a tough recipe." Ha! But - I think I can do it. Now my mouth is watering and it's not even 6 am, yet.

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  21. YUM. These sound delicious and they don't look hard to make. I'll admit when I saw the photo I was thinking, "God... this is going to be a tough recipe." Ha! But - I think I can do it. Now my mouth is watering and it's not even 6 am, yet.

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  22. these look absolutely amazing, and simple for someone like me who is not the best cook lol. i don't think i have ever made a chicken burger actually. pinned it!

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