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Stuffed Burgers with Feta & Herbs – Biftekia Yemista

In Greek: μπιφτέκια γεμιστά, pronounced beef-TEK-yah yeh-mee-STAH

Bifteki is the Greek word for “burger.”

More complex than a plain burger but not quite a mini-meatloaf, this recipe for feta stuffed burgers calls for grilling but they can be broiled or cooked on the stovetop as well.

Stuffed Burgers with Feta & Herbs - Biftekia Yemista

Stuffed Burgers with Feta & Herbs – Biftekia Yemista

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of dried Greek oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of dried breadcrumbs
  • ——-
  • Stuffing:
  • 1/2 pound of feta cheese, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of spring onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ———
  • To serve:
  • 1 cup of strained yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, paprika, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Work together by hand until well blended. Form into 12 thin patties.
  • In a bowl, combine the feta and one third of the parsley, spring onions, and garlic, and stir until well blended.
  • Mix the remaining herbs and teaspoon of olive oil with the yogurt, cover, and refrigerate.
  • Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture in the middle of 6 of the meat patties (using it all). Place the remaining 6 patties on top, pinching around the edges to seal well.
  • Grill the burgers over medium coals for 6-10 minutes per side and serve with the herb yogurt.

Yield: 6 burgers

Alternative cooking method: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan or skillet and cook the burgers over medium heat for 6-10 minutes, testing for doneness.

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