We love these burgers but are trying to cut back and lose a little weight before our big vacation. So we have added a few tips to shave a lot of calories and fat from this recipe.

Tips to reduce fat and calories
1. Lean ground beef
2. Get reduced fat feta cheese
3. Lose the bun or only use 1/2 and skip butter
4. Use low fat yogurt and low fat mayo

If you want a juicy burger do not smash the burger with your spatula. You will lose all of the juices and be left with a dry burger. Remember, the meat will continue to cook after taken off of the grill. So take it off a little before you have reached the temp that you like your burger.

Greek Burgers
2 pounds lean ground lamb or beef
4 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
½ red onion, diced fine
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (additional feta for top of burgers, optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
6 Ciabatta Rolls, or your favorite bun or roll
Butter (enough to spread on rolls)
Sliced cucumbers and shredded romaine lettuce

¾ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
½ cup cucumber, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
1 sprig fresh mint
1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Combine meat, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, feta and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form into 6 large thick patties. Grill the patties over medium high heat for about 8 minutes per side, or until meat is cooked to desired temperature. Meanwhile make the sauce by combining all of the ingredients and refrigerate until meat is done. Spread butter on inside of rolls and grill or toast. Serve burgers with sauce, sliced cucumber, shredded romaine and additional feta (optional).